Canada invests in grains, oilseeds sector

More than $4 million will be used to support research efforts

The Canadian government will invest more than $4 million in the Atlantic Grains Council under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced the funding, which includes $3.2 million under the Partnership’s AgriScience Program and $260,655 each from the provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and $44,550 from Newfoundland and Labrador. With eight of the 11 projects taking place at the Harrington Research Centre, researchers in Prince Edward Island are leading much of the work.

This funding will be used to support research efforts focused on improving producer productivity and competitiveness, while preserving and protecting soil and water resources, in order to support the long-term sustainability of grains and oilseeds cropping systems in Atlantic Canada.

“The grains and oilseeds sector plays a vital role in Atlantic Canada’s economy, producing top-quality products and providing good, middle-class jobs,” MacAulay said. “By investing in research and working together, industry, scientists and governments, our government is helping grow the sector and create opportunities for farmers and their families in rural communities across Atlantic Canada for years to come.”

Atlantic Canada’s grains and oilseeds sector is renowned for producing high-quality, safe products. In 2017, crop receipts for the grains and oilseeds sector in the Atlantic provinces equaled $83.5 million, which is 10 percent of total crop receipts in the region. The government of Canada will continue to support the sector in finding ways to ensure it remains strong and competitive.

“Farmers in the grains and oilseed industry have played a major role in the (Prince Edward Island) economy by producing high-quality products that are recognized around the world,” said Robert Henderson, minister of agriculture and fisheries, Prince Edward Island. “The funding announced today invests in important research which supports the long-term sustainability of the sector for island farmers.”