The Province and the Federal Government have announced $9.8 million in funding for 39 crop-related research projects.
Premier Scott Moe announced the funding which will be delivered through Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund.
Among the projects there are plans to work on maximizing disease resistance in wheat, increasing grain yields while maintaining baking quality, chickpea and pea research and breeding, pulse proteins and their application in meat products and imaging for the detection and mapping clubroot infections.
Support for ADF projects is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers looking to examine areas of importance to Saskatchewan producers.
In addition to funding provided by the federal and provincial governments, the following industry partners have contributed a total of more than $3.1 million in funding to these projects: Western Grains Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Alfalfa Seed Producers, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Alberta Wheat Commission and Manitoba Crop Alliance.
Sask Wheat Chair Brett Halstead says the program provides opportunities for quality innovative projects that will benefit Saskatchewan grain producers.
In making the announcement, the Premier says the funding supports the goals in the Saskatchewan Growth Plan for an increase in crop production to 45 million tonnes, an increase in agriculture exports to $20 billion and a $10 billion increase in value-added revenue.
The ADF is supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector.
This includes a $388-million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture.