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Saskatchewan provides funding to wheat research, development

Jan. 22, 2015 - The Saskatchewan government has committed more than $1.5 million to six projects geared at advancing one of the most important crops in Saskatchewan. The investment is part of the province's $5 million commitment to support wheat research and development projects through the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA).

The projects receiving funding will explore ways to improve wheat growth and optimize stem strength to increase yields. They will also focus on variety improvements as well as practices and applications to control Fusarium head blight.

Industry and government partners are providing additional funds for these projects. Nearly $1.7 million is being invested by the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, the Alberta Wheat Commission, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, Western Grains Research Foundation and the Global Institute for Food Security.

The CWA is a co-ordinated approach to undertake approximately $97 million in research and development projects. This important network combines the expertise of the National Research Council of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan.

The Government of Saskatchewan's CWA investment is provided through the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested $23.4 million in wheat research through the ADF.