WGRF Invests $2.7 Million in New Project Funding

January 14, 2014 at 09:03 AM

Through a co-funding partnership with the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and other producer commodity groups, Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is pleased to announce $2.7 million of new funding towards 26 crop-related research projects.

The WGRF Endowment Fund is used to fund crop research projects that benefit all producers through improved agricultural systems, technology and agronomic practices.

“Co-funding partnerships between ADF and producer commodity groups help maximize the investment producers make in crop research,” said WGRF Board Chair, Dave Sefton.

Some of the projects receiving funding include: The insect disinfection of stored grains using radio frequency, strategies for Fusarium in cereals, improving nitrogen fixation of peas, and weed control practices. WGRF is working to leverage Endowment Fund investment by co-funding with provincial agriculture funding bodies, producer commodity organizations and within the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program framework.

“Rather than do a separate WGRF direct call for proposals, this process makes better use of everyone’s expertise and time,” said Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “WGRF is the only producer-led organization that sees all these proposals across western Canada; our goals is to make WGRF a forum where producer organizations can come together to direct and fund research on a western Canadian basis.”

WGRF to Review Agronomy Research Capacity

January 10, 2014 at 09:21 AM

In collaboration with several western Canadian producer crop commodity organizations, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) has issued a request for proposals to assess the capacity for crop agronomic research in Western Canada.

“Agronomic research provides valuable information for producers,” said WGRF Board Chair Dave Sefton of Broadview Saskatchewan. “Historically much of this information has come from research performed by public institutions and universities. Western Canadian farmers are concerned that public agronomic research capacity has not kept pace with the growth of the industry” noted Sefton.

“WGRF’s mandate is to fund research that directly benefits western Canadian producers,” said Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “Producer organizations have started the discussion about developing a way to ensure the capacity to perform agronomic research in Western Canada is maintained and this study is the first step in that process. The information collected in this study will assist producer organizations in determining potential future research investments,” added Patterson.

The study will focus on agronomic research capacity in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Peace River region of British Columbia and will include federal government, provincial government, universities, private contractor and producer operated facilities.

WGRF would like to acknowledge all the producer organizations currently involved in this study to assess the capacity for agronomic research in Western Canada: Alberta Barley Commission, Alberta Canola Producers, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission, Manitoba Canola Growers, Manitoba Pulse Growers, SaskCanola, SaskFlax, and the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers.