Canadian government supports growth of agricultural producers

By Western Economic Diversification Canada | June 09, 2015

Corn and soybean producers will benefit from a $1.2 million investment announced June 6 by the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development and Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

Through this project, agricultural trial research will be undertaken to increase production in Western Canada and benefit producers seeking to access growing domestic and global market opportunities. WD's investment will support the purchase of equipment to bridge the gap between current equipment capacity and the agronomy research needs identified by both the industry and producers.

The Manitoba Corn Growers Association is collaborating with the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the University of Manitoba to support western Canadian producers.

-The demand for corn and soybeans is rapidly expanding to meet feed, ethanol, distillery, crushing and export markets. According to industry projections, corn and soybean production in Western Canada could exceed 14 million acres over the next 10 years.

-Under the project, 21 graduate and undergraduate students will benefit from skills development and training and become highly qualified personnel (HQP) in the agriculture sector. In addition, 14 research coordinators/technicians will receive advanced skills development opportunities.

"Our Government is pleased to support this exciting project that will result in increased production and expand access for producers in growing domestic and global markets. This is an excellent example of how industry, academia and government can work together to strengthen the economy,” Bergen said.

"The Manitoba Corn Growers Association is pleased to be the recipient of $1.2 million in research funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada. This project benefits not only farmers and researchers, but also the Western Canadian economy. This equipment will allow us to carryout research in various eco regions throughout the province so that row crop research can be well replicated and provide results that are relevant to producers in their specific growing area,” said Myron Krahn, president of MCGA.

"This announcement is tremendous for Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers members and all producers. These funds will allow researchers in Manitoba to continue supporting our crops and cropping systems by performing advanced research with precision and accuracy using equipment that mimics what producers are actually using on their farms. For example, the mid-row banding unit will allow Dr. Yvonne Lawley to accurately measure and enhance the 4R fertilizer application system thereby helping to improve the health of our environment. The joint collaborative efforts of MCGA and MPSG was key to success of this application,” said Francois Labelle, executive director of MPSG.