WESTERN PRODUCER — A federal funding announcement for Canada’s Canola Cluster aims to drive the sustainable growth of Canada’s canola industry.
The $9 million comes from the AgriScience Program-Clusters Component, an initiative under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (S-CAP).
“This new canola cluster will build on the great work of the previous one, which I was proud to announce here a few years ago,” federal agriculture minister Lawrence McCauley said at the news conference where the funding announcement was made.
“It will support research into improving yields, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, increasing carbon sequestration, improving soil and water quality and creating new uses for canola.”
The 2023–28 Canola AgriScience Research Cluster is a five-year research program funded through S-CAP and the canola industry.
The total funding for the project will be more than $17 million over five years when contributions from the federal government are combined with contributions from the Canola Council of Canada, the provincial grower organizations and industry members. Seventeen projects will be carried out under this funding partnership in collaboration with public research institutions across Canada.
“Along with providing new knowledge to drive sustainable growth of Canada’s canola industry, this research is expected to help us become stronger and more resilient by building on our understanding of advanced 4-R nutrient stewardship,” said Curtis Rempel, the canola council’s vice-president for crop production and innovation.