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Federal and Provincial Governments Provide Funding for Agriculture Demonstration Projects

Posted On 2022-05-28 00:00:00

Saskatchewan, May 28, 2022 – Today, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced more than $600,000 in funding for 63 producer-led agricultural research demonstration projects. The funding is provided through the Agriculture Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) program.

“Our Government understands that investments in research contribute directly to the success of our producers and our overall economy,” Ritz said. “We will continue to partner with the Province of Saskatchewan on initiatives that will help increase producer productivity and grow the agriculture industry.”
ADOPT is designed to accelerate the transfer of new technologies to Saskatchewan’s farmers and ranchers.  The program provides funding to producer groups to evaluate and demonstrate new agricultural practices and technologies at the local level.    

“As demonstrated in this year’s budget, our government is committed to making sure Saskatchewan is a leader in agriculture research,” Stewart said. “Projects such as these will help farmers adopt new and innovative technologies and help us meet the objectives of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.”

The 2013 Saskatchewan Agriculture budget included a record $27.7 million for agricultural research, an increase of more than 104 per cent since 2007.  The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth aims to increase crop production by 10 million tonnes, increase agri-food exports by 50 per cent and increase value-added opportunities.

This year’s ADOPT projects demonstrate a wide range of innovative projects, including cattle breeding programs, crop protection products, trials of new crop varieties and seeding techniques, among others. Projects receiving funding this year include:

  • Beef cattle breeding programs and beef research school;
  • Cropping systems response to seed treatment, seed size and sowing density;
  • Demonstration of foliar fungicide options for canola;
  • Demonstration of the effect of fungicide application and seeding rate on disease levels in peas and lentils;
  • Evaluation of forage and grazing corn varieties;
  • Fungicide management practices in lentils to provide disease resistance;
  • Harvesting oats and barley as yellowfeed;
  • Forage management practices and techniques;
  • Optimal seeding rate for spring wheat;
  • Optimum timing of weed control in field pea and lentil;
  • Various fertilizer demonstrations; and
  • Straight combining canola.

Since 2009, the federal and provincial governments have provided more than $2.5 million to producers through the ADOPT program.  These 63 projects are receiving ADOPT funding provided under the first federal-provincial Growing Forward framework.

April 1, 2022 marked the official launch of the second Growing Forward policy framework for Canada's agricultural and agri-food sector. Growing Forward 2 is a $3 billion investment in innovation, competitiveness and market development, which includes $2 billion cost-shared on a 60:40 basis for programs delivered by provinces and territories, and $1 billion for federally delivered strategic initiatives.

For more information:

Jeff English
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Cory Kolt
Regina, Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-787-2359
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 306-527-0521

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