From a release
Canadian farmers will benefit from new research in crop science with the support of the Harper Government.
Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell) and MP Dave Mackenzie (Oxford), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced Sept. 9 an investment of $7 million for the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance to lead a research cluster to help producers better compete in global markets.
This investment will bring together scientific expertise for research in key areas such as developing innovative field crop varieties with the specific traits requested by consumers and processors. These improvements will help producers reduce their input costs, increase efficiency and develop a higher quality product that is more resilient to pests.
The project will also help producers better respond to consumer demand for foods with specific nutritional benefits and increase their competitiveness in global markets.
“The Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) thanks the federal government for the increased investment in this important project,” says Crosby Devitt, Chair of CFCRA. “This five-year plant breeding initiative addresses the unique climates and specialized markets across Canada. We look forward to the development and release of improved corn, soybean, barley, and oat varieties desired in our regions and down the value chain.
The research cluster will support what industry has identified as the highest priority research, done by the country’s leading experts. While industry leadership and investment is key to the success of the initiative, by tapping into the expertise of scientists based in research centres across the country, the cluster will benefit from their work in developing improved varieties that address the needs of the market for value-added traits that deliver higher levels of nutrition and improved processing attributes.
AAFC researchers will collaborate on several priorities, including providing Canada’s field crop growers of soybeans, corn, oats and barley with enhanced varieties with higher yield, lower input, and greater disease resistance.