Posted on Friday, Januray 25, 2019 at 9:45 a.m.
Ottawa invests in grain farming research
Soybean and corn are two important cash crops for Prescott-Russell farmers. The federal government will invest almost $10 million to support seed research which will help farmers in the region and elsewhere in Canada make more money by growing better crops.
MP Francis Drouin (seen at left in the photo) visited the Chicken Little Farm near St-Isidore Wednesday to meet with officials representing grain farmers in Ontario and Québec and to announce on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, confirmation of two federal investment efforts in support of grain genetics research.
“Innovation in the Canadian agricultural sector has helped make our country a leader in producing safe, high-quality products,” said Drouin. “I am pleased to be here today to highlight these investments that will enhance the sustainability of the field crops sector, while delivering economic benefits and create good job opportunities in Ontario and all of Canada.”
Earlier this month the minister announced a $5.4 million federal investment under the AgriScience program to the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA). Along with the federal money, the private sector will invest a further $3 million. Drouin reaffirmed that federal funding and also announced a $4.1 million federal investment over a five-year period to the CFCRA for research involving oat and corn.
“It does give us some more opportunities for research,” said Markus Haerle, chairman of the Grain Farmers of Ontario. He is also the owner/operator of Chicken Little Farm, one of many farms in the Prescott-Russell region which have soybean and corn cash crops.
The money provided to the CRCRA will support studies on soybean, oat, and corn, to help to develop varieties of these grains which are more resistant to disease and pests, more adaptable to changes in climate and growing conditions, and which will produce higher yields of grain for harvesting.
The goal is to provide farmers in future with improved seed varieties of these grains so they can reap bigger and better harvests and so make more money, and also to expand the potential farming range for these cash crops, both in Canada and in other countries which may buy Canadian grain seeds to help their own agriculture sectors.