MacAulay announces $14 million for new beef & forage research cluster while at Stampede


Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced up to $14 million in funding for beef and forage research under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership while attending the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday.

The funding for the new “Sustainable Beef and Forage Science Cluster” will go to the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) — the research division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The BCRC will be contributing an additional $7.6 million, bringing the overall funding announced on Wednesday to $21 million.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says the funds will “be used for activities focused on improving the sustainability of Canadian beef and forage production, growing beef exports and supplying high-quality Canadian beef to people around the world.”

“The science-based knowledge and innovations that result from this investment will work to responsibly increase production while enhancing industry competitiveness and public trust, advancing the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Canada’s beef sector,” noted Ryan Beierbach, chair of the Beef Cattle Research Council and rancher near Whitewood, Sask. “A prosperous beef sector not only benefits farmers and ranchers across Canada, it maintains grazing lands that are important to preserve for their role in carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat.”

The government funding amount is in line with the federal contribution of $14 million to the beef research cluster under the previous five-year agriculture framework — Growing Forward 2, which ended in March.

MacAulay also met with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Canada Malting Company in Calgary on Wednesday, before attending the Stampede’s International Agriculture Reception.

The visit to Calgary is part of the “Growing Canadian Agriculture” tour, which started in Quebec in mid-June and concludes in B.C. next week with the federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ annual meeting. MacAulay will be in Saskatoon on Thursday.

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