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Federal research investment to drive canola industry growth

July 22, 2013 - The federal government is implementing a Growing Forward 2 investment in the Canola Council of Canada to lead a research cluster focused on enhancing the sustainability and competitiveness of the canola industry.

The investment of $15 million will bring together scientific expertise for research into key areas such as canola oil and meal nutrition and production. One objective will be to increase the value of canola oil by showcasing its health benefits. The research will build on an earlier investment of $14.5 million made through Growing Forward that included preliminary research suggesting canola oil may be helpful in fighting obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Strong partnerships exist between industry, academia and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists. AAFC researchers will collaborate on several priorities including new uses of canola in animal feed diets, ways to maximize production and resistance to stresses, strategies for pest management and disease resistance as well as improving the economic and environmental sustainability of canola production.

Canadian-grown canola contributed $8.2 billion to the economy in farm cash receipts in 2012 and was the largest agricultural export sector, contributing $8.6 billion in seed and oil sales to key global markets. Ensuring this industry remains strong and competitive benefits all Canadians through improved health, food security and job creation.