AWC an­nounces $175,000 in agron­omy-re­lated re­search fund­ing through clus­ter

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The Al­berta Wheat Com­mis­sion (AWC) is pleased to an­nounce fund­ing com­mit­ments of $175,000 over five years through the In­te­grated Crop Agron­omy Clus­ter (ICAC) to five re­search projects aimed at de­vel­op­ing lead­ing edge agro­nomic prac­tices for farm­ers.

Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Minister Lawrence Ma­cAulay re­cently an­nounced $6.3 mil­lion in fund­ing through Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Canada’s CAP pro­gram to add to ICAC’s to­tal in­vest­ment of $2.6 mil­lion.

“AWC invests in cut­ting edge re­search that has the po­ten­tial to im­prove crop per­for­mance,” said Kevin Ben­der, AWC Chair. “The goal of our in­vest­ments through ICAC are not only to strengthen agro­nomic out­comes but also to in­crease long-term prof­itabil­ity for farm­ers.”

Chaired by the Western Grains Re­search Foun­da­tion (WGRF) and formed by crop­ping groups across Canada, ICAC is a cross-com­mod­ity agron­omy clus­ter ini­tia­tive aimed at en­cour­ag­ing in­creased in­vest­ment in agron­omy-fo­cused in­no­va­tion. ICAC takes a whole­farm ap­proach to re­gional and na­tional needs and longterm sus­tain­abil­ity in­no­va­tion in­clud­ing soil, wa­ter, air and eco­nom­ics.

AWC-funded projects through ICAC in­vest­ment in­clude:

• $20,000: Co­or­di­nated mon­i­tor­ing of field crop in­sect pests in the prairie ecosys­tem;

• $5,000: Prairie Crop Dis­ease Mon­i­tor­ing Net­work; • $50,000: Crop se­quence ef­fects on fusar­ium head blight of ce­re­als;

• $50,000 De­vel­op­ment of de­ci­sion sup­port tools for Fusar­ium Head Blight Man­age­ment in Western Canada;

• $50,000: Op­ti­miz­ing sys­tems pro­duc­tiv­ity, re­silience and sus­tain­abil­ity in the ma­jor Cana­dian eco­zones.

AWC looks for­ward to pro­vid­ing project sum­maries and up­dates as they be­come avail­able.

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