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Fertilizer research, development granted funding

Mar. 27, 2015 - The federal government is investing $1.1 million to the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) to facilitate research and development to improve the efficient use of fertilizer. The funding will also aid to reduce the environmental impacts and input costs of fertilizer, and create competitive advantages for producers through improved crop production.

The funding is meant to enable the CFI to build on its successful 4R Nutrient Stewardship research network. A cross-Canada research network involving scientists from 11 universities and research institutes will collaborate on a three-year research project to develop and test best management practices and support systems for fertilizer use tailored to Canadian soils, climates and cropping systems.

The Canadian fertilizer industry contributes over $12 billion annually to the Canadian economy and is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of fertilizer.

Canada supplies approximately 12 per cent of the world's fertilizer materials and is the largest exporter of potash and elemental sulfur.