WGRF Commits $1.6 Million to 12 New Research Projects

January 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Through a continuing co-funding partnership with the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and other producer commodity groups, Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is pleased to announce $1.6 million of new funding for 12 crop-related research projects.    

 “The WGRF Endowment Fund is used to fund crop research projects that benefit producers,” says WGRF Board Chair, Dave Sefton. “Leveraging other funds has always been an important approach to help make our producer dollars go further. I would like to applaud the Government of Saskatchewan and the other producer groups for their partnership in funding crop research projects that will benefit western Canadian farmers.” 

Some of the projects approved for funding include: the screening and management of Fusarium Head Blight in wheat and barley, enhancing the durability of clubroot resistance in canola, improving faba bean, pea and alfalfa varieties, investigating optimal inputs for management of flax, and quantifying the contribution of pulse crop residues to GHG emissions.  

A full listing of these newly approved projects will be posted on the WGRF website once research contracts are signed.

“WGRF celebrates its 35th Anniversary this year,” says Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “One of our strengths as an organization has been the ability to build strong collaborative relationships, like this one between ADF and producer groups. This funding process makes better use of everyone’s expertise and research dollars, at the end of the day increasing the number of projects that can improve agricultural systems, technology and agronomic practices.”

WGRF Celebrates 35th Anniversary

January 07, 2016 at 09:08 AM

In 1981, a group of farmers got together to form the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF). These farmers were united by a single purpose, to invest in field crop research that would benefit western Canadian farmers. Thirty-five years later, with annual an investment of more than $19 million in 2015, WGRF has become the largest producer funder of variety development and field crop research in Canada.

As a tribute to the 35th anniversary of WGRF, a magazine was created to celebrate the many current and past accomplishments of the organization. A copy of the magazine can be found here

“I would like to thank those farmers who came together in 1981 and had the vision to create WGRF and make all of this possible,” says WGRF Board Chair Dave Sefton of Broadview, Saskatchewan. “As producers we should be very proud of the tremendous investments we have made in our industry. Over $125 million has been invested into variety development and field crop research since 1981, and farmers’ bottom lines have benefited.  As you read through the magazine, take note that these projects were made possible, in part, because of producer funding.”

 “WGRF has experienced a lot of growth lately, three-fold actually in research investments the last five years,” says, Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “Our ability to reach out to and work with other research funders and grower groups is a key part of WGRF’s future. Farmers can look forward to stable funding out of the Endowment Fund. We can be at the table now to fund longer-term research that could have enormous benefits for them.”

Original WGRF Board of Directors:

Harry Patching – Alberta Wheat Pool
William Strath – Manitoba Pool Elevators
Lorne Parker – Manitoba Farm Bureau
Maurice Cheveldayoff – Flax Growers Western Canada
Garf Stevenson – Saskatchewan Wheat Pool
Glenn Flaten – Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Lorne Christopherson – Prairie Rapeseed Growers Council
Patrick McCarthy – Western Barley Growers Association
James Wright – Palliser Wheat Growers
William. Marshall – Sask. Federation of Agriculture
Roy Piper – United Grain Growers
Ron Leonhardt – Unifarm