A total of $5.1 million in funding for new research projects in 2022 related to livestock and forage has been announced.
This year’s funding will support 28 projects through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).
Subjects of this year’s research projects include the potential of native and tame forage species to enhance carbon sequestration, expanded methods for reproduction diagnostics and improved control and treatments with respect to animal health.
The Ministry of Agriculture has a research budget of $32.9 million in 2021-22 to support research and innovation, and concentrates its investments on projects that will help make Saskatchewan producers more profitable and more productive while increasing the competitiveness of the provincial industry.
In addition to this year’s federal and provincial ADF funding, a total of $483,000 in support of 13 of these projects was contributed by three industry co-funders:
Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA)
Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission
The ADF is supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes a $2-billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories, including a $388-million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture.