Barley Council of Canada and Alberta Barley received an historic grant from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriInnovation Program (AIP). BCC and Alberta Barley are working together on 27 national projects through an $8 million national barley research cluster. The goal of the cluster project is to accelerate the development of all classes of barley varieties through the adoption of best practices in technology, agronomic methods, crop management, breeding and genetic techniques, and development of new value-added market applications.
Ultimately, this comprehensive project has the potential to stimulate demand for barley while reducing the costs and risks of growing it—making barley a more profitable crop. Alberta Barley research manager Garson Law is overseeing BCC’s involvement in the cluster project.
AIP aims to make advances in economic growth, productivity, competitiveness, adaptability and sustainability in Canadian agriculture while creating new opportunities in domestic and international markets. The grants are designed to support agricultural research and development as well as commercialization and adoption of emerging agricultural innovations. The program is a five-year, $698 million initiative existing under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework for Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. Of that $698 million, $468 million is available for funding industry projects.
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