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National report identifies priorities for the profitability of Canada’s wheat industry

World demand for food is growing and innovation will help Canadian farmers and food processors meet that demand. The Government is supporting science and innovation in key growth industries, including agriculture, to secure Canada's competitive edge in global markets, increase returns for Canadian farmers, and strengthen Canada's middle class.

On behalf of the entire value chain, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Cereals Canada released the 2017 Canadian Wheat Research Priorities Report.

Wheat research priorities were developed through a national collaboration of farmers, federal and provincial governments, private development companies, public research institutions, exporters, and processors to identify the priority areas of research that public, private and producer groups should focus on for the next five years in order to ensure the strength and growth of the wheat industry in Canada.

The research priorities focus on improving wheat yield and reliability, increasing sustainability, and improving food safety such as reducing mycotoxins.

Research will also increase the ability to respond to consumer needs by developing a way to capture consumer preferences and provide this information directly to researchers and purchasers.

"Canada is one of the world's top five wheat exporters with an average of $7B exported annually. This report is a great example of how collaboration between the Government of Canada, Cereals Canada and the sector can be used to identify wheat research priorities that will help respond to the evolving business needs of producers, increase agricultural sustainability and ensure top-quality products for consumers at home and abroad," said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.