WGRF Invests $2.4 Million in Wheat Cluster Research

WGRF is pleased to announce a commitment of more than $2.4 million in funding for the Canadian National Wheat Cluster in collaboration with the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) AgriScience program. This investment underscores WGRF’s dedication to advancing wheat breeding and agronomy.

The Wheat Cluster will be administered by the CWRC. The total value of wheat research funded under the five-year Cluster exceeds $20 million, making it a significant investment in advancing wheat innovation.

Laura Reiter, Chair of the WGRF Board, emphasized the importance of these investments, stating, “WGRF has committed more than $2.4 million into wheat projects focusing on pre-breeding and breeding tools, yield improvement, disease and weed management. High-yielding, resilient wheat varieties are essential for farmers and this funding will help propel innovation in this critical area.”

“Ongoing and increased investment in wheat is needed for farmers to continue to have the best performing varieties,” says Wayne Thompson, WGRF Executive Director.  “I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the researchers and co-funders who have contributed their time and efforts to ensure the Wheat Cluster application was successful.”

WGRF would like to acknowledge all the funders of the Wheat Cluster: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), Alberta Grains, and the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance.

For more information on the Canadian National Wheat Cluster please visit WheatResearch.ca