The government of Canada has committed $3 million towards helping the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) set up a research and innovation centre at the University of Guelph’s Elora research location. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the announcement at DFO’s Annual General Meeting marking their 50th anniversary in Toronto on January 14, 2015.

The federal government investment complements $20 million from the Ontario government, $1 million from DFO, and $1 million from other industry participants.

According to the government’s press release, the facility is designed to “drive world-class research, fostering innovation and helping the industry capture new opportunities across the entire dairy value chain, in addition to launching outreach activities to stakeholders and other audiences.”

The federal government has also invested $12 million in a dairy research cluster (2013-18) that brings together scientific expertise for research in key areas such as sustainable milk production, dairy genetics and genomics, and the nutrition of milk products, led by the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

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