Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence set to receive $6.6 million in research funding

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The University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) is set to receive $6.6 million over five years in joint federal-provincial funding to conduct livestock and forage research.

The LFCE focuses on beef, bison, and forage research in support of the continued growth of the industry.

The funding, under the new federal-provincial Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, is about a 20 per cent increase over the last five-year funding agreement, says David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture, in the audio below.

The LFCE is a research, teaching, and knowledge transfer facility that links research and innovation across the livestock production chain, and enables feedlot, cow-calf and veterinarian research and extension. (story continues)

Supporting the research done at LFCE is critical to achieving Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan goal of increasing provincial livestock cash receipts to $3 billion by the end of this decade, Marit says.

“The provincial economic growth targets we’ve set for the end of this decade connect directly to our agriculture industry and to our livestock producers, who are already among the most sustainable in the world,” Marit said. “This funding for the LFCE directly supports the kind of innovative work that helps our livestock sector not only stay globally competitive but remain a leader when it comes to best practices.”

“This five-year funding demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing the livestock and forage industries in the province and beyond,” LFCE director at the University of Saskatchewan Dr. Scott Wright says. “It will enable us to do our part and further leverage this funding to grow capacity in these sectors through the dynamic and innovative integrated research, education and outreach conducted at our centre by students, scientists and our staff team.”

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