May 16, 2013

Grain Growers pleased with new wheat partnership and investment

OTTAWA, May 16, 2013 – The Growers of Canada are pleased to see a new level of collaboration in wheat breeding as was announced today by the Federal and Provincial Governments in Saskatchewan in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan.

“This Canadian Wheat Alliance just makes sense,” said Stephen Vandervalk, President of the Grain Growers of Canada. “We have long encouraged people to find ways to work together on agriculture research, share infrastructure and reduce duplications and overlaps.”

“Canadian farmers are very supportive of increased research in wheat,” said Vandervalk. “This new model of collaboration is greatly needed with the global interest increasing in wheat; we need to position Canada as a leader in attracting investment.”

“At the national Grains Roundtable recently, we created a work plan to identify overlaps and gaps in research between levels of Governments, agencies of Governments and the academic world,” said Richard Phillips, Executive Director of the Grain Growers. “That roadmap will help ensure we minimize duplication and also identify areas where more work is needed, to maximize the use of our public resources.”

“We can use this model as a starting point to also leverage producer and private investments to put wheat innovation on a fast track in Canada,” said Phillips. “Although we have not been happy with some research cutbacks, making more efficient use of the resources and infrastructure like greenhouses and laboratories may mean as much progress at the end of the day.”

The Grain Growers of Canada is an umbrella organization with 14 provincial and regional grower groups from across the country involved in the grain, pulse and oilseed sectors. Representing tens of thousands of successful wheat, durum, barley, canola, oat, corn, pea, lentil, rye and triticale farmers, the Grain Growers is well known as the national voice of Canadian grain farmers.

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