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Jan 2015

Government announces $6.9 million for crop research in 2015

January 13, 2015 – Saskatoon, SK Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the government will be investing $6.9 million into crop-related research for 42 new research projects in 2015, as part of the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). As a co-funder to wheat-related ADF projects, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) welcomes this opportunity to further leverage the check-off investment of wheat producers in Saskatchewan, says Board Chair Bill Gehl.

“Research is what drives the future of the wheat industry,” Gehl says. “As a newer organization, with a developing research program, this funding comes as a major boost in helping Sask Wheat continue to achieve our mandate of maximizing returns on producer check-off investments and building long-term, sustainable growth for the industry .”

Sask Wheat has committed $727,672 towards wheat-related research within Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture-ADF projects, and along with other co-funders will support a total of eight wheat-related projects with a total commitment of $3,367,292. This research will fall into the areas of variety development, production and post-production.

“We know that targeted research is the best way to empower wheat producers in Saskatchewan to continue growing wheat that the world demands,” Gehl says. “We are very pleased to partner with the government, and with other ADF co-funders, in order to strengthen the future of Canadian agriculture.”

All Sask Wheat funded research will be posted on the new Sask Wheat website, set to launch in coming weeks.

For more information, contact:
Bill Gehl Board Chair
Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
306-537-3899
wfgehl@hotmail.com

Delaney Seiferling
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
306-321-7533
Delaney.seiferling@saskwheatcommission.com

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