CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association welcomes today’s announcement of the formation of the Canadian Wheat Alliance and the funding of $97 million toward wheat research on the prairies over the next five years.
The Canadian Wheat Alliance is an initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan.
“We do need more research to reduce yield losses due to environmental factors,” says Levi Wood, President of the Wheat Growers. “This funding will help develop new wheat varieties better able to withstand drought, frost and disease.”
The Wheat Growers commend the federal government, the Province and the University for their leadership and commitment to improving the productivity of Canadian wheat farmers.
“We hope this funding will be a catalyst to leverage even more dollars from the private sector,” says Gerrid Gust, Chair of the Wheat Growers. “It should help cement Saskatoon’s reputation as a centre of excellence in wheat research.”
About the Wheat Growers:
Founded in 1970, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. For more information, please visit wheatgrowers.ca.