March 15, 2023 – The three Prairie, provincial canola grower associations have evaluated and selected five new canola research projects to receive funding under the Canola Agronomic Research Program (CARP) in 2023. This investment includes over $1 million from Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and Manitoba Canola Growers, as well as over $600,000 from the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF). The total investment into 2023 CARP projects is over $1.7 million.
CARP supports canola agronomic research focused on increasing yield and profitability, reducing production risk and enhancing sustainability. The grower associations are pleased to partner with the WGRF, enabling even greater innovation and discovery.
“CARP allows the Prairie canola groups to work together and leverage grower dollars to increase research capacity, while simultaneously benefiting all canola growers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba”, says Roger Chevraux, Chair of Alberta Canola. “Although our specific research priorities may differ from province to province, we are committed to investing in research that contributes to the continued successful and sustainable production of canola in Canada.”
“This is WGRF’s fourth year participating in this funding partnership with CARP, and it has been very successful,” says Dr. Keith Degenhardt, WGRF Board Chair. “The projects we are helping fund align with our research priorities and we are confident that the knowledge and tools these projects will provide will be beneficial to Western Canadian farmers.”
The 2023 projects awarded funding are focused on:
- Developing and evaluating disease resistance
- Abiotic stress resilience
- Integrated pest management
CARP is funded by the three provincial grower organizations – Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and the Manitoba Canola Growers, and is administered by the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). Additional funds are provided for some CARP projects by WGRF and other occasional partners. Proposals are reviewed by the grower association research committees, with additional agronomic insight from the CCC’s Crop Production and Innovation team.
The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is a farmer-funded and farmer-directed non-profit organization investing in agricultural research that benefits Western Canadian farmers. WGRF is the largest producer funder of field crop research in Canada. Since 1981, WGRF has funded over $226 million of research in field crops of interest to Western Canadian farmers.
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Michelle Chunyua, Manager of Communications
Beth Ireland, Communications Coordinator
Carrie Livingston, Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Canola Growers Association
Mike Espeseth, Communications Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation
Heidi Dancho, Director, Communications
Canola Council of Canada