WGRF Commits $2.7 Million to 22 New Research Projects

Through a continuing co-funding partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture – Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, and other producer commodity groups, WGRF is pleased to announce up to $2.7 Million of new funding for 22 crop-related research projects.

“Producers remain committed to investing in agricultural research,” says WGRF Board Chair, Dr. Keith Degenhardt. “Since we began this funding partnership with ADF in 2012, WGRF has invested almost $30 million dollars to more than 220 research projects that have undoubtedly improved agricultural systems, technology and agronomic practices for western Canadian farmers.”  

WGRF is co-funding 15 projects with ADF and other producer groups. WGRF is also co-funding an additional 7 projects exclusively with producer commodity groups.  The projects include research into improved varietal resiliency to environmental stresses and disease for wheat, canola, canary seed, pea and barley varieties, as well as research into key agronomic challenges including surveillance and mitigation strategies for diseases such as Fusarium and club root, research into insect population dynamics, and new strategies and inputs to improve crop production.

“WGRF is excited to be supporting these 22 new promising research projects,” says WGRF Executive Director, Wayne Thompson. “These projects are being led by some remarkable researchers, not only here in Saskatchewan but across western Canada. ADF provides a great forum for producer groups to collaborate and co-fund in agricultural research.”

A full listing of projects will be posted on the WGRF website once research contracts are in place.