A little over a week after the announcement of over $7 million for 40 crop-related research projects in Saskatchewan, the provincial government, along with the Government of Canada, gave another announcement — livestock and forage research projects will receive a $7.8 million funding contribution.
“The livestock industry plays an important role in driving jobs and growth in Saskatchewan and across Canada,” said Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay. “Investments in research projects are key to advancing innovation in our agricultural sector, which will help Canadian farmers feed Canada and the world.”
The scope of research projects being funded is vast, ranging from the role of calving period on beef cow longevity to the development of a live diagnostic test for Chronic Wasting Disease in elk and deer. The funding also supports a project surrounding the development of a screening method for mycotoxins in feed, and another that evaluates the use of cicer milkvetch as a forage option.
The funding is made possible through the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), under Growing Forward 2. An additional $800,000 has also been invested by third-party organizations, including the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association, the Western Grain Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association and the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board.
Check out: The full list of 2016 ADF projects.