$6m agreement to boost canola research

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A new $6m federal government and grower group agreement aims to improve coordination of larger scale canola agronomy research projects to help ensure Canadian canola remains one of the countries most valuable crops, it was announced.

The canola industry is looking to develop new solutions to health, environment and production issues in order to meet the Growing Great 2015 plan to achieve 15 million tonnes of sustained market demand and production.

The Prairie Canola Agronomy Research Program is the result of an agreement involving Canola Council of Canada, along with the Alberta Canola Producers Commission the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SCDC), and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

Wayne Bacon, SCDC’s research chair, said: “Being able to leverage grower dollars through AAFC program funding means more money can be directed to better canola agronomy projects.”

A newly-established management committee is responsible for ensuring that all projects fit with the research direction of each of the three provincial grower groups.

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