GUELPH, ON (February 5, 2019) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province‘s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, is pleased to announce eight new research projects that it will be funding with support from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership).
“Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, our Government is investing in projects that are vital to the sustainability and prosperity of the sector,” said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “Research and innovation are key to the growth of the grain industry and we are pleased to invest in agricultural science that directly addresses the priorities of Ontario‘s grain farmers.”
Grain Farmers of Ontario addresses the research needs of grain farmers by investing in four priority areas: Agronomy and Production; Weed, Disease, and Insect Pests; Crop Utilization and Crop Quality; and Breeding and Genetics. The eight projects funded through the Partnership cover these priorities and 2018 areas of interest in herbicide-resistant weed management, disease management, and soil health.
“Our grain farmers are key, hardworking members of our agricultural sector and important contributors to the strength of Ontario‘s economy and rural communities. We‘re pleased to support research efforts such as these through the Partnership to help our grain farmers improve the competitiveness and sustainability of their operations,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
“The Partnership funding allows Grain Farmers of Ontario to maximize the research investment in areas that foster innovation and growth,” said Crosby Devitt, Vice President, Strategic Development, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “These eight research projects create value for our farmer-members across the province and help enhance returns for their farms.”
These projects also continue to support long-term tillage trials that will demonstrate cropping systems for farmer-members.
Through the Partnership, the federal and provincial governments are helping our farmers, processors, businesses, sector organizations and industry partners to innovate and succeed.
To learn more about all research projects funded by Grain Farmers of Ontario visit the research project database at www.gfo.ca/research/research-project-database.
The Partnership will be providing funding up to $590,454 to maximize Grain Farmers of Ontario‘s research investments.
The following Grain Farmers of Ontario projects have been funded in part through the Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council administers cost-share funding to sector organizations and collaborations in Ontario on behalf of the Province and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
- Long-term cover crop experiment – How much difference do cover crops make?
- Cover crops and tillage for glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane management
- Soybean cyst nematode coalition: resistance and SCN management
- Improving malting barley yield and quality in Northern climates
- Economics of long-term tillage rotation platforms at Ridgetown and Elora
- Evaluating Strip Tillage and Fertility Placement to Reduce Soil and P Loss
- Winter Wheat Nutrient Uptake, Partitioning and Removal
- Reducing Phosphorus Losses from Agricultural Fields: Developing Solutions for Ontario Farmers
Crosby Devitt, Vice President, Strategic Development – 519 835-2767; email@example.com
Victoria Berry, Manager, Communications – 519 767-2773; firstname.lastname@example.org
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.