Federal Government Invests in Canola

July 25, 2013

The federal government is investing $15-million into a new canola science cluster to support ongoing research into improving the crop’s nutritional and agronomic performance.   The $15 million in new research funding under the Growing Forward 2 program is combined with industry contributions for a total investment in research and innovation of more than $20 million over five years.  Projects under the new science cluster will be collaborative. They will involve a number of research institutions across Canada, including AAFC research stations, universities, and other public research facilities.  The new science cluster grew out of extensive consultations that enhanced collaboration and reduced duplication. The projects are focused around clear strategic themes, including oil nutrition, canola meal nutrition, canola health and integrated pest management, canola yield and quality optimization, integrated crop management, canola supply surveillance and forecasting and technology transfer.