PAMI gets financial boost
By Top Crop Manager
Aug. 27, 2014 - The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) will receive $735,000 under Growing Forward 2 for new equipment to support applied research projects for the agricultural sector.
Every year, PAMI conducts about 100 projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to address challenges in the agricultural sector, in areas such as equipment design, agronomy and nutrient management. The new funding will be used to make these projects more efficient and provide better service to agricultural clients and farmers in Manitoba and across Western Canada.
Funded items include:
- Specialized equipment and software needed for projects that require large amounts of data to be collected relatively slowly over a long period of time, like those involving manure processing for energy production;
- Equipment to measure soil compaction, which can be used to compare the effects of tracked and wheeled farm machinery;
- Hydraulic system simulation software, which would be used in machinery testing and development projects;
- A skid sled that would be used in tractor evaluation projects;
- A high-density baler, to help research the feasibility of biomass collection systems; and
- A new tractor, which will eliminate the need to rent this equipment for many research projects and reduce overall costs.
In Manitoba, the federal and provincial governments are investing $176 million under Growing Forward 2, a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial policy framework to advance the agriculture industry, helping producers and processors become more innovative and competitive in world markets.