WGRF Applauds Global Institute for Food Security

“The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) congratulates the Province of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan, and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. on the establishment of the Global Institute for Food Security,” said Dave Sefton of Broadview SK and WGRF Board Chair. “WGRF is very supportive of partnerships between producers, private industry and public institutions to increase the productivity of western Canadian producers.”

“Western Canada is well positioned to increase its share of world food exports and the establishment of the Global Institute for Food Security places Saskatchewan in a leadership position,” said Gerrid Gust of Davidson SK and WGRF Board Executive Member. “Producers need higher yielding cereal, oilseed and pulse varieties along with the best agronomic tools to increase production on their farms,” says Gust. “The Global Institute for Food Security along with the cluster of public and private researchers on the University of Saskatchewan campus and at Innovation Place can do this for us.”

“WGRF invests over $6 million of producers’ dollars annually into crop variety development and agronomic research and the University of Saskatchewan is an important research partner,” said Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “We plan to increase our research funding by $15 million over the next four years and I am confident that the University’s increased research capacity will attract a portion of this funding.”

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For further information, contact:

Mike Espeseth
Communications Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation
306-380-2553