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March 1, 2012

Research Funding Helps Grow Alberta’s Agricultural Industry

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The Government of Alberta is helping to ensure the agriculture industry remains the largest renewable industry in the province.

Government is working with the Agricultural Research and Extension Council (ARECA) to support existing crop, forage and livestock related research.

“Our producers help make Alberta a prosperous place to live,” said Evan Berger, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “We export about $7 billion worth of agricultural products throughout the world every year, making our agricultural industry globally competitive.”

An additional $700,000 in funding from the Alberta government, to be distributed through ARECA’s Supplemental Funding Agreement, will provide benefits to Alberta’s applied research and forage associations. Projects include applied research and demonstration regarding crop variety testing, disease and pest management systems, and forage production.

“Most Albertans have seen some of the outstanding work in crop research when driving down our highways,” added Berger. “The research and demonstration projects are often conducted on test plots across the province. These plots provide hands-on research and results that can improve a producer’s production and profitability.”

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