Producers Investing in Crop Research to Benefit Western Canadian Farmers

WGRF makes decisions that are mindful of the economic interests of producers. WGRF supports many public research programs and projects from across Western Canada, with both long-term and short-term agreements. Research goals and objectives are outlined at the onset of research agreements with annual progress reports submitted by researchers.

Learn more in our latest annual report.

Current WGRF Funding Commitments

WGRF is currently funding (or has committed to fund) 235 research projects on over 20 crops, valued at $76.9M from all funds (Endowment, Wheat and Barley). 82% of current WGRF funding is invested in variety development, 14% in production and 4% in post-production research.

79% of WGRF funding is invested in major crops (wheat, canola, barley, pea, lentil), 11% is invested in multi-crop research (primarily major crops), 8% in intermediate crops (corn, soybean, fababean, sunflower, mustard, oats, flax, canaryseed, and winter cereals) and 2% is invested in other crops.

Four Year Transition Plan

With the end of the Western Canadian Deduction (WCD) on July 31, 2017 WGRF has been sharing a four-year transition plan with member organizations and other research funding partners. WGRF will continue to provide about $18M of annual research funding out to 2020 for:

  • Core wheat and barley variety development commitments;
  • Ongoing project funding commitments;
  • New project funding targeted at the sustainability, resiliency and efficiency of crop production systems for major and intermediate western Canadian field crops;
  • New project funding targeting specific research issues in intermediate western Canadian field crops.

WGRF has been working with wheat and barley commissions/associations for the past four years to ensure a seamless transition of the WCD. WGRF has made funding commitments over the next four years utilizing wheat and barley reserve funds. These investments have the full support of the provincial commissions/associations and ensure the stability of core breeding programs at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba out to 2020. Wheat and barley commissions/associations have assumed responsibility for the consolidation of the WCD into their respective check-offs.