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Infrastructure boost for Saskatchewan Agriculture Research and Development Centre

Sept. 8, 2016 - Canadians rely on a strong agriculture industry and innovation helps ensure its success. To that end, the Government of Canada has invested $35.3 million for infrastructure improvements at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) Swift Current Research and Development Centre.

The centre is being renovated and new laboratories are being built, which are used extensively to support AAFC's wheat breeding program and other research on forages and cereals. Science and innovation play an important role in making Canada one of the world's top producers and exporters of agricultural products.

"Improvements to these facilities will help deliver new technologies to producers, which creates jobs, grows the middle class and supports Canadian farmers," says agriculture minister, Lawrence MacAulay.

Researchers at the centre continue to play a key role in developing high-performance, high-quality wheat varieties. Today, those varieties are grown on about 50 per cent of the wheat acreage in Canada.

The new space will offer modern laboratories and more energy efficient infrastructure; the new and renovated portions of the building will be LEED Silver certified - a mark of energy efficiency.