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Western Canada Agronomy Research Capacity

In collaboration with several Western Canadian producer crop commodity organizations, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is assessing agronomic research capacity in Western Canada.

Two reports are now available describing the first steps in the process:

1. Situation Report: WGRF commissioned a study by Toma and Bouma Management Consultants to provide an inventory (capital and human resources) of agronomic research capacity in Western Canada, and projected capacity to 2020.

The report ‘Fertile Ground: Agronomic Research Capacity in Western Canada’ was made available to the public in November, 2014 and feedback was invited by January 31, 2015. A Full Report and Executive Summary of the report are posted below.

Full Report Western Canadian Agronomic Research Capacity

Executive Summary – Western Canadian Agronomic Research Capacity

 

2. Future Needs Report: Garven and Associates were contracted by WGRF to facilitate a workshop on April 13, 2015 to provide insight into future agronomic research needs and to determine a vision for what is required to address these needs. A diverse group of 110 representatives from producer groups, institutions, public and private industry participated in a full day of facilitated discussion which has resulted in a summary and analysis provided by Garven and Associates.

The report ‘Shaping the Future: Agronomic Research Capacity in Western Canada’ is posted below and feedback is invited until June 21, 2015.

Shaping the Future: Agronomic Research Capacity in Western Canada

 

For more information please contact:

Pat Flaten, MSc, PAg
Research Program Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation
PatFlaten@westerngrains.com


Additional Information:

The Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund (ACIDF) Cropping Initiative was developed in 2014 with the intention of learning from farmers and agrologists across Alberta about the cropping issues they deal with throughout the cropping cycle; and then to identify strategies for addressing those issues. The following documents summarize group discussion of both the Issues and proposed Solutions.

Summary ACIDF Alberta Cropping Issues Overview

Workplan ACIDF Alberta Cropping Solutions