Manitoba government appoints ag research committee

The Manitoba government has announced the formation of a new committee to provide input on government investments in agricultural research.

Joanne Buth, CEO of the Canadian International Grains Institute, will chair the Manitoba Agriculture Research and Innovation Committee (MARIC), which will make funding recommendations regarding research proposals submitted under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership — the new five-year, federal-provincial-territorial funding framework that started in April.

The following people have have been appointed to two-year terms on the new research committee:

  • Joanne Buth (Winnipeg), chairperson, CEO of Cigi;
  • Betty Green (Fisher Branch), vice-chairperson, rancher and provincial co-ordinator of the Verified Beef Production program;
  • Francois Labelle (Carman), executive director of Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers;
  • Dr. Allan Preston (Hamiota), cattle producer and former director of veterinary services and assistant deputy minister for Manitoba Agriculture;
  • Trust Beta (Winnipeg), food science professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Manitoba;
  • Kim Ominski (Winnipeg), professor and associate head of animal sciences at the University of Manitoba;
  • Gary Plohman (Beausejour), livestock facility and nutrient management consultant;
  • William (Bill) Ashton (Brandon), director of the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University; and
  • Bruce Hardy (Winnipeg), president of Myera Group and Function Four Ltd.

“The new appointees to the committee all reflect the diversity of the research community and the agricultural sector as a whole,” noted Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler. “Their expertise, experience and commitment to agricultural research will ensure our government receives the best advice on making investments and how to sustainably grow our industry for the future.”

Priority areas for the committee will include grain innovation, livestock production, agri-resource management, processing and value-added, and market development.

MARIC will replace several advisory committees that existed under the previous agriculture framework, Growing Forward 2, including committees connected to the Grain Innovation Hub, Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, and the Manitoba Consumer Monitor Food Panel. The province says it expects to save approximately $500,000 per year from this consolidation.

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