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Farm group calls for more research dollars

The Alberta Federation of Agriculture wants the province to reinstate the cancelled Agriculture and Food Innovation Endowment fund

Plummeting oil revenues are blowing a big hole in the provincial budget, but the Alberta Federation of Agriculture says that’s all the more reason to increase funding for ag research. Attendees at the group’s annual general meeting last month passed a resolution calling on the province to increase, rather than cut, ag research funding, and […] Read more

Research proposals won’t be ‘tossed in the garbage,’ but funding will have to wait, says Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson.

Budget squeeze leads to cancellation of new ag research fund

The $200-million Agriculture and Food Innovation Endowment would 
have generated $9 million annually for made-in-Alberta research

The provincial government has scrapped a $200-million endowment that was to fund innovative agriculture research. When the Agriculture and Food Innovation Endowment account was announced in March, it was praised by Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson. “Innovation and diversification in all of our sectors are key to Alberta’s long-term success,” said Olson. “The Agriculture and Food […] Read more