$25 Million boost for USask agricultural research

May 15, 2024

By Farms.com

The University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources has received a significant $25 million funding commitment from the federal and provincial governments. This investment, part of the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, aims to reinforce the college's strategic research initiatives in crucial areas such as crop genetics, livestock development, and environmental sustainability.

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, emphasized the importance of this funding for maintaining Canada's leading edge in agricultural innovation. He expressed confidence that the research conducted would directly benefit farmers and the broader agricultural sector by keeping them at the forefront of technology and sustainable practices.

David Marit, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture, highlighted the investment's role in strengthening the competitiveness and resilience of the province's agricultural sector. He noted the importance of evidence-based research in driving economic growth and stability.

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn, dean of the College, pointed out the broader implications of the funding, which not only supports academic research but also contributes to the sustainability and success of agriculture across Saskatchewan.

The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership represents a broader commitment of $3.5 billion by federal, provincial, and territorial governments to support the agri-food sector in Canada over five years. This partnership includes significant funding allocations designed to foster innovation and competitiveness in agriculture across the nation.

This strategic investment in USask is expected to yield advancements in agricultural methods and technologies, ultimately benefiting the entire food production chain from farmer to consumer.