Saskatchewan Ag Research Budget Benefits Producers

March 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM

“Producers will benefit from the Saskatchewan Government’s increased commitment to research,” says Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “The Agriculture Development Fund’s (ADF) budget of $27.7 million is an increase of 36% over last year,” says Patterson. “I would like to thank the Government of Saskatchewan for their commitment and Minister Stewart for his ongoing support of agriculture research and innovation in the province.”

WGRF is committed to continued collaboration on agricultural research funding at both the federal and provincial levels to leverage public, private producer and private industry investments into crop research to increase the industry’s competitiveness.

In January 2013 WGRF announced $3.5 million of new funding towards 25 crop-related research projects out of the Endowment Fund through a co-funding partnership with the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and other producer commodity groups. WGRF has set a target of $15 million of new project funding over the next four years.

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For further information, contact:

Garth Patterson, M.Sc., P Ag
Executive Director
Western Grains Research Foundation
306-975-2081
GarthPatterson@westerngrains.com

 

Mike Espeseth
Communications Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation
306-380-2553
MikeEspeseth@westerngrains.com

 

WGRF Elects 2013 Board Chair

March 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Dave Sefton of Broadview Saskatchewan was elected for a second year as Chair of the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) at its Board meeting in Saskatoon on March 7, 2013. Dr. Keith Degenhardt of Hughenden, Alberta was elected as Vice-Chair. Others elected to the WGRF Executive were Gerrid Gust of Davidson, Saskatchewan, Mel Stickland of Red Deer, Alberta and Garth Butcher of Birtle, Manitoba.

“Our role at WGRF as Board members is to invest private producer dollars into crop research that will ultimately benefit their farms” says Sefton. “In 2012, WGRF invested over $7.4 Million into breeding and crop research that we are confident will benefit western Canadian producers. I am honored to have been elected for a second year as the WGRF Board Chair. 2013 will see WGRF continue to increase its research expenditures to provide value to producers through a western Canadian approach to research.”

Dave and his family farm near Broadview Saskatchewan. Dave is the representative from the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission on the WGRF Board. He is a former WGRF Vice-Chair and has been on the WGRF Board of Directors since 2002. Dave has been actively involved in producer groups for many years holding numerous positions and was recently awarded a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work and contributions on behalf of the canola industry.

The Board that over-sees WGRF is comprised of 14 producers representing the crop production sector in Western Canada and one non-voting representative from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The 2013 WGRF Board is:

Dave Sefton, WGRF Chair, Broadview, SK – Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission
Dr. Keith Degenhardt, WGRF Vice-Chair, Hughenden, AB – Wild Rose Agricultural Producers
Dr. Stephen Morgan Jones, Lethbridge, AB – Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (non-voting)
Todd Lewis, Regina, SK – Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan
Kevin Auch, Carmangay, AB – Alberta Wheat Commission
Martin Moore, Fort St John, BC – BC Grain Producers Association
Jack Froese, Winkler, MB – Canadian Canola Growers Association
Joe Rennick, Milestone, SK – Canadian Seed Growers Association
Don Dewar, Dauphin, MB – Keystone Agricultural Producers
Bill Gehl, Regina, SK – National Farmers Union
Bob Anderson, Dugald, MB – Prairie Oat Growers Association
Mel Stickland, Red Deer, AB – Western Barley Growers Association
Gerrid Gust, Davidson, SK – Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association
D’Arcy Hilgartner, Camrose, AB – Western Pulse Growers Association
Garth Butcher, Birtle, MB – Western Winter Cereal Producers
 

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For further information, contact:

Mike Espeseth
Communications Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation
306-975-0365
MikeEspeseth@westerngrains.com

Producers Eligible to Claim 85% for Wheat and 86% for Barley Check-off

March 05, 2013 at 08:02 AM

The federal government annually provides a Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit to producers offering them a tax credit on their check-off investments.

The tax credit percentage for producers who contributed to the Wheat and Barley Check-off, administered by the Western Grains Research Foundation in 2012 are 85% for wheat and 86% for barley. It should be noted that the check-off on barley in Alberta is collected by the Alberta Barley Commission and will be subject to a different tax credit rate.

The percentages above are calculated by looking at the amount of the check-off dollars spent directly on research and development; this is then determined to be the eligible portion. Each check-off organization may vary, as they will have their own eligible percentage.

Producers can visit the WGRF website at www.westerngrains.com under the Current Info tab for links to the Canadian Revenue Agency website where the appropriate forms can be obtained and options for tax credit use are outlined.

For more information on claiming your SR&ED tax credit, please consult your accountant. For more information on the SR&ED investment tax credit, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/txcrdt/sred-rsde/menu-eng.html.

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For further information, contact:

Mike Espeseth
Communications Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation
306-975-0365
MikeEspeseth@westerngrains.com