About the WGRF

The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is a farmer-funded and farmer-directed non-profit organization investing in agricultural research that benefits western Canadian producers. To date, we have invested more than $148 million to support diverse crop research projects.

Farmer-funded, farmer-directed crop research

Leaders from 12 farm organizations came together to create WGRF in 1981. Their vision was to establish a robust agricultural research funding organization, one that would consult farmers about what they needed, then work with research providers to fill that need. Today, WGRF invests over $19 million annually into variety development and field crop research through its Endowment Fund and the wheat and barley variety development check-offs.

Working together for the common good

Throughout the years, more than 110 farmers have served on the WGRF Board. Their voices ensure that projects that show the most potential to benefit western Canadian producers are funded. Today, our Board is made up of 18 producers, one from each member organization, who carry forth that mandate.