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Feds fund upgrades to research stations

June 16, 2016 - The federal government will invest $37.6 million in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to modernize a number of AAFC research stations and laboratories in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.

"This funding highlights the Government of Canada's commitment to increasing Canada's scientific excellence," said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, in a news release. "Having the right research infrastructure and equipment strengthens AAFC's science capacity, and its ability to serve the agricultural sector and helps it be more competitive in a global economy."

Working in modern facilities with up-to-date equipment will strengthen the department's science capacity, support innovation and ultimately deliver benefits to the agricultural sector, producers and Canadians.

Funds will be used to:

  • install a new bioreactor to help investigate the use of biological products and processes for treating farm wastes;
  • upgrade a research and pilot plant facility in order to improve food safety and food processing;
  • add new efficient growth chambers in a number of centres to help scientists conduct important plant and crops research; and
  • improve the energy efficiency at facilities and reduce their environmental footprint.

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