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New Research, Development Projects to Receive $2 Million in Federal and Provincial Support

Posted On 2022-07-08 00:00:00

July 8, 2022 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC)

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing more than $2 million over three years to support 24 research and development projects in Manitoba's agriculture and agri-food sector, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.

The funded projects cover a range of agricultural issues, including animal and human health, on-farm production technologies and opportunities for value-added industries, including:

  • the effects of late planting on early-maturing soybeans;
  • management strategies to control insecticide-resistant Colorado potato beetles;
  • fusarium head blight resistance in barley;
  • the long-term market effects of feeding and vaccination strategies for beef cattle;
  • genetic markers for flavour selection in pork; and
  • hemp consumption and human health trials.

In addition to the federal and provincial funding, applicants and funding partners are providing cash and in-kind contributions of approximately $3.6 million. Partners include agricultural businesses, commodity groups, the Western Grains Research Foundation and university and government researchers.

These projects are funded through Growing Innovation – Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (GI-ARDI) under Growing Forward 2. For more information about GI-ARDI, visit under Growing Forward 2.

The federal and provincial governments are investing $176 million in Manitoba under Growing Forward 2, a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial policy framework to advance the agriculture industry, helping producers and processors become more innovative and competitive in world markets.

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"Research and development continue to be key to driving innovation in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry.”  “Investments in new research such as these will help create further economic opportunities for our producers and processors."

- Federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz

"By strategically investing in research and development, we can encourage new opportunities and a more diverse economy in rural areas,” said Minister Kostyshyn.  “Manitoba’s agriculture and agri-food sector will certainly benefit from the findings of these projects.  Adopting the new ideas generated from this work will lead to further economic growth in the province."

- Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn

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Jeff English
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
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Caedmon Malowany
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Ron Kostyshyn

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