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Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Agri Science Clusters

CAP – Canadian National Wheat Cluster

20 projects plus Knowledge Transfer/Communications (KTT) and Administration at a total Cluster cost of $24.9 M.
  • Administrator: Blair Goldade, Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC)
  • Start date: 2018
  • Project Length: 5 Years (2018-2023)
  • Project Status: APPROVED IN PROGRESS

Background

Canadian National Wheat Cluster, which consists of a group of industry-led research projects submitted by various research institutions (universities and AAFC research centres) aimed at ensuring profitability for producers and long-term sustainability of wheat in the cropping rotation. See more information about each individual project CNWC.

Objectives:
  • 1: Cultivar development to enhance competitiveness and sustainability
  • 2: Pre-breeding for future resistance to disease and insects
  • 3: Insect resistance to protect grain yield and quality
  • 4: Crop management to capture the genetic potential and minimize environmental footprint
Manitoba Crop Alliance Funding:

$ 932,000

Total Funding Approved:

$24,973,637 ($13.9 million from AAFC and $11 million from growers)

Funding Partners:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ($13.9 million), Alberta Wheat Commission ($2.6 million), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission ($3.1 million), Western Grains Research Foundation ($2.5 million), • Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) ($1.6 million) (includes the Atlantic Grains Council, SeCan, Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Producteurs de grains du Québec), Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission ($185,000), Winter Cereals Manitoba ($100,000)

CAP - National Barley Research Cluster

13 projects plus Knowledge Transfer/Communications (KTT) and Administration at a total Cluster cost of $10.2 M.
  • Administrator: Kara Barnes, Barley Council of Canada
  • Start date: 2018
  • Project Length: 5 Years (2018-2023)
  • Project Status: APPROVED IN PROGRESS

Background

The National Barley Research Cluster brings together twelve research activities from across Canada. The overall goals of the research are to ensure that barley production remains competitive with other major crops in Canada and to improve the quality traits of Canadian barley to satisfy the diverse and evolving needs of our customers.

Research areas within the cluster include variety development, agronomic productivity, disease resistance, quality and performance, and sustainability.

Objectives:
  • 1: Genetic improvements through new varieties with higher yields, better environmental performance, and specific end-use qualities;
  • 2: Finding new sources of resistance and evaluating management strategies for Fusarium head blight and other crop diseases;
  • 3: Maintaining the high quality of Canadian malting barley while understanding how it performs in the malting and brewing processes;
  • 4: Exploring potential health benefits of barley as livestock feed beyond its role as an energy source;
  • 5: Continuing to identify and evaluate crop management strategies that advance the economic and environmental sustainability of the Canadian barley industry.
  • : For project details see NBRC
Manitoba Crop Alliance Funding:

$ 60,000

Total Funding Approved:

$10,973,637 ($6.3 million from AAFC and $3.9 million from growers)

Funding Partners:

Agriculture and Agri-Food, Alberta Barley, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, Canadian Field Crops Research Alliance, Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute, Western Grains Research Foundation.

CAP - Integrated Agronomy Cluster

20 projects plus Knowledge Transfer/Communications (KTT) and Administration at a total Cluster cost of $9 M.
  • Administrator: Pat Flaten, Western Grains Grains Research Foundation
  • Start date: 2018
  • Project Length: 5 years (2018-2023)
  • Project Status: APPROVED IN PROGRESS

Background

The Integrated Crop Agronomy Cluster consists of eight research activities ranging from soil health to herbicide resistance and climate change adaptation. It also includes the coordination of crop insects and disease monitoring, assessing and managing spray drift, developing a risk model for mitigating Fusarium Head Blight, development and management of productive, resilient and sustainable cropping.

This cluster has been established because Canadian farmers face agronomic challenges that cut across multiple crops and there are gaps in multi-crop and systems approaches to agronomic research.

Collaborating research organizations include Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Agri-Metrix, Brandon University, Farming Smarter, InnoTech Alberta, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, Smoky Applied Research and Demonstration Association, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan, and Western Applied Research Corporation.

Built into all the activities in the cluster, is a strong knowledge transfer plan that will communicate results to producers, agronomists and scientists enabling them to respond in a timely way to these agronomic challenges.

Objectives:
  • 1: Resiliency to Climate Change and Other Threats
  • 2: Sustainable Cropping Systems
  • 3: Knowledge and Technology Transfer Enhancement
Manitoba Crop Alliance Funding:

$156,187

Total Funding Approved:

$9 million ($6.3 million from AAFC and $2.7 million from growers)

Funding Partners:

Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission, Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, Prairie Oat Growers Association, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission.