AAFC Swift Current to Get $35-Million Upgrade


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s research centre at Swift Current is getting a major upgrade.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in southwest Saskatchewan Wednesday to announce $35.3 million for renovations and new laboratories at the facility, which will be used to support AAFC’s wheat breeding program, as well as other forage and cereal research.

“Improvements to these facilities will help deliver new technologies to producers, which creates jobs, grows the middle class and supports Canadian farmers,” said the minister in his statement.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart were also on hand to welcome the federal investment.

“Our government has made research a priority as part of our innovation agenda, and such investments in our agriculture research sector will help Saskatchewan and Canada continue not only to feed the world, but continue to be a world leader in agriculture research,” said Wall.

The funding is part of AAFC’s rolling five-year investment plan, which identifies infrastructure improvement priorities.

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