WGRF Approves $18 Million for Research

November 27, 2014 at 01:02 PM

Western Grain Research Foundation (WGRF) is planning to invest over $18 million dollars into field crop research in 2015. The WGRF Board recently passed its 2015 Budget at a Board Meeting on November 19, 2014 in Saskatoon.

“WGRF is the largest producer funder of crop research in Canada,” said Dave Sefton, WGRF Board Chair. “Crop research is vital for the development of new farm management practices and improved crop varieties. WGRF invests in research covering a variety of field crops. As producers we should be very proud of this investment because we will be the ones who benefit most from this increased commitment to research.”

WGRF has built relationships with member organizations and research funding partners across Canada with the goal to increase research investments. The 2015 WGRF research budget of $18 million is more than double the amount invested in 2013 ($7.3 Million).

“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” says Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “WGRF is currently co-funding with 30 organizations on more than 125 research projects worth over $22 million dollars,” added Patterson.  

The WGRF Board consists of 18 producer representatives from different agricultural organizations across western Canada. WGRF brings the research spending power of all farmers in Western Canada together, maximizing the returns they see in crop research.

Recent WGRF Research Funding Highlights:

  • WGRF committed $5 million to the Genome Canada Large Scale Applied Research Project.
  • The total value of the Systems Approach to Crop Sustainability is $4.32 M over the next 5 years; WGRF is leading this initiative and is contributing $2.16 million.
  • The total value of the Wheat Cluster is $25.2 M over five years; WGRF is leading this Cluster and is contributing $9.6 million.
  • The total value of the Barley Cluster is $11.2 M over five years; WGRF is contributing $1.5 million.
  • Graduate Scholarships of $100,000 per year continue to be provided to U of M, U of S and U of A on a rotational basis.
  • WGRF commissioned a study to evaluate agronomy research capacity in western Canada.


Western Canada Agronomy Research Capacity Study

November 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

In collaboration with several Western Canadian producer crop commodity organizations, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) commissioned a study by Toma and Bouma Management Consultants to evaluate agronomy research capacity in Western Canada. 

This project provides an inventory (capital and human resources) of agronomic research capacity in Western Canada, and projected capacity to 2020.

This study and its results is the first step in the development of a plan to optimize agronomy research capacity in Western Canada. A Full Report and Executive Summary of the report are posted below.

WGRF is inviting comments and feedback on this study prior to January 31, 2015. All comments can be emailed to:

Pat Flaten, MSc, PAg
Research Program Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation


Full Report Western Canadian Agronomic Research Capacity

Executive Summary – Western Canadian Agronomic Research Capacity