WGRF Congratulates Canadian Wheat Alliance

May 16, 2013 at 02:33 PM

Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) would like to congratulate the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan on the creation of the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA).

“This initiative is an important step towards increasing the overall investment in wheat research to ensure that producers continue to have access to the best performing wheat varieties” said Dave Sefton, WGRF Board Chair. “The Canadian Wheat Alliance is a great example of collaboration between institutions at both the federal and provincial levels allowing producers to leverage their investment in wheat research.”

“Western Canadian producers are currently investing $4 million per year into wheat variety development at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the University of Saskatchewan (Crop Development Centre) through the Wheat Check-off and the Endowment Fund,” says Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “Since 1995, WGRF has invested over $60 million into wheat variety development at AAFC and the Crop Development Centre on behalf of Western Canadian producers.”

“WGRF will be working with the provincial wheat commissions, as they assume responsibility for funding wheat variety development to ensure continued producer support for initiatives such as the Canadian Wheat Alliance,” said Sefton.

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For further information, contact:

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