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Ag minister visits Saskatchewan and Alberta, announces investment

August 22, 2023  By Top Crop Manager

During a visit to Saskatoon, Sask., federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay delivered opening remarks for the 32nd meeting of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord and announced an investment of up to $4 million to the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF).

The accord brings together state and provincial agricultural officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico to exchange perspectives and work collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. The Minister reiterated Canada’s commitment to continue working with global partners to strengthen international food networks and shared Canada’s views on the importance of achieving more sustainable, resilient and inclusive agri-food systems.

MacAulay met with Saskatchewan’s minister of Agriculture, David Marit, to discuss the priorities for Saskatchewan’s agricultural sector, including challenges related to extreme weather. The ministers also discussed the importance of domestic and international to tackle issues of animal and plant diseases and climate change, ensure strong supply chains and favor trade based on rules and science.


MacAulay also met with representatives from the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) where they shared their perspectives on opportunities and challenges for the region, with a focus on climate change, resiliency and sustainability, while providing economic growth and stability for the sector.

In addition, MacAulay toured a local farming operation, Stone Farms, established in 1904 which has grown into a 9,000-acre operation producing mainly wheat, canola and lentils. They discussed the importance of innovation and technology and sustainable agriculture and their efforts to remain productive in an unpredictable climate and amidst ever-changing global demands.

During his visit to Saskatchewan, MacAulay took the opportunity to announce an investment of up to $4 million to the WGRF under the AgriScience Program – Clusters Component, part of the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP).

MacAulay also visited Calgary, Alta., where he met with producers and stakeholders, including Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), a delivery agent for some Sustainable CAP programming and On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) in Alberta. While there, he toured a local ranch and saw how OFCAF funding is helping Alberta farmers adopt and implement on-farm beneficial management practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases in the areas of nitrogen management, cover cropping and rotational grazing.

MacAulay also toured SixRing Inc., a biofuel company that converts agricultural and other waste into renewable fuels. This company recently received investment through the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program – Research and Innovation Stream of up to $1.4 million. With ACT support, the company has established and tested its scaled-up technology, which could provide additional revenues to producers and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


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