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Producer-led ag demo programs receive funding

Sept. 24, 2013, Regina, SK – An investment of $7.4 million from the federal and Saskatchewan governments will be used to help farmers become more innovative and profitable.

Through the Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) program and the Agriculture-Applied Research Management (Agri-ARM) program, producers will be able to discover and apply new technologies that can improve their farming operations.

The two levels of government will provide $3.4 million over the next five years to assist Agri-ARM sites with operating and capital investments. Agri-ARM connects eight regional applied research and demonstration sites into a province-wide network. Each location has an affiliated producer group that sets the research priorities for that site. These sites serve as centres for applied research and demonstration, focusing on increasing value from crops and enhancing production efficiency and environmental stewardship in the region.

Through the ADOPT program, $4 million is available over the next five years to accelerate the transfer of new technologies to Saskatchewan's farmers and ranchers. The program provides funding to producer groups to evaluate and demonstrate new agriculture practices and technologies at the local level.