Seed money for tougher, more pro­lific crops

The Glengarry News - - Classified­s -

Chicken Lit­tle Farm in St-Isi­dore was the venue for a big fund­ing an­nounce­ment for crop pro­duc­tion last week.

Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell MP Fran­cis Drouin high­lighted the fed­eral gov­ern­ment's in­vest­ment of up to $5.4 mil­lion to the Cana­dian Field Crop Re­search Al­liance un­der the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Part­ner­ship's AgriS­cience Pro­gram.

This in­vest­ment, which in­cludes an ad­di­tional $3 mil­lion from in­dus­try, will help soy­bean crops be­come more re­silient and pro­duc­tive, in­crease the ge­o­graphic range for grow­ing crops and ben­e­fit the en­vi­ron­ment.

He also an­nounced an ad­di­tional in­vest­ment of $4.1 mil­lion over five years to the Cana­dian Field Crop Re­search Al­liance (CFCRA), funded un­der the AgriS­cience Pro­gram. This ad­di­tional fund­ing sup­ports two na­tional oat and corn projects.

The oat project will develop new oat va­ri­eties, en­hance breed­ing ef­forts and rec­om­mend new agro­nomic prac­tices to help im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity, sta­bil­ity of yields, con­sis­tency, and qual­ity.

The corn project will develop germplasm that is more dis­ease re­sis­tant and adapt­able to cooler grow­ing re­gions. The project will also fo­cus on new ni­tro­gen strate­gies that will help en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance for farm­ers across the coun­try.

“In­no­va­tion in the Cana­dian agri­cul­tural sec­tor has helped make our coun­try a leader in pro­duc­ing safe, high qual­ity prod­ucts. I am pleased to be here to­day to high­light these in­vest­ments that will en­hance the sus­tain­abil­ity of the field crops sec­tor, while de­liv­er­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits and cre­ate good job op­por­tu­ni­ties in On­tario and all of Canada,” says Mr. Drouin.

“De­mand for food con­tin­ues to in­crease as the global pop­u­la­tion rises. The CFCRA wel­comes the in­vest­ment by the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment in im­por­tant ar­eas of re­search for agri­cul­ture and the food in­dus­try. The fund­ing for the soy­bean clus­ter, oat project, and corn project, will lead to more re­silient, pro­duc­tive, and high qual­ity soy­bean and oat va­ri­eties as well as new corn in­breds for Cana­dian farm­ers, and will im­prove best prac­tices for sustainabl­e crop pro­duc­tion that will keep our grain­based foods and feed healthy, of high qual­ity, and in­crease yields to meet global de­mand,” says Salah Zogh­lami, Pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Field Crop Re­search Al­liance.

The crop sec­tor is a key con­trib­u­tor to Canada's econ­omy, rep­re­sent­ing $25 bil­lion in farm gate re­ceipts, $21 bil­lion in ex­ports and sup­port­ing thou­sands of jobs across the coun­try while ex­pand­ing mar­kets for the sec­tor's safe, high-qual­ity prod­ucts.

In 2016, the farm gate value of Cana­dian soy­bean, oats and corn was $5.39 bil­lion, with over $900 mil­lion of sales in On­tario.

The Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Part­ner­ship is a five-year, $3 bil- lion in­vest­ment by fed­eral, provincial and ter­ri­to­rial gov­ern­ments to strengthen the agri­cul­ture and agri-food sec­tor.

The part­ner­ship in­cludes pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties to en­hance the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the sec­tor through re­search, science and in­no­va­tion.

Through the AgriS­cience Pro­gram, a five-year, $338 mil­lion ini­tia­tive, the gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing lead­ing edge dis­cov­ery and ap­plied science, and in­no­va­tion driven by in­dus­try re­search pri­or­i­ties.

GFO pleased with province

Mean­while, Grain Farm­ers of On­tario has con­grat­u­lated Ernie Harde­man, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs, on changes to the Com­mod­ity Loan Pro­gram. The provincial gov­ern­ment has ex­tended the re­pay­ment sched­ule for the Com­mod­ity Loan Pro­gram, as well as in­creas­ing the fund­ing cap from $120 mil­lion to $200 mil­lion in a two-year pi­lot. The pro­gram sup­ports farm­ers be­tween harvest and pay­ment dur­ing the re­tail process of grain pro­duc­tion. This al­lows farm­ers to have flex­i­bil­ity in their op­er­a­tions.

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

COLOUR­FUL BARN: This cheer­ful three-gable barn at Don­ald and Diane Roy's farm on the 5th Con­ces­sion of North Lan­caster con­sists of the farm’s orig­i­nal tim­ber-frame 50-foot x 20-foot barn built by Ovila Gareau in the early 20th cen­tury and a large pole barn ad­di­tion, a 50-foot x 60-foot shed that cre­ates the “T” foot­print of the build­ing. The orig­i­nal sec­tion in front had a sin­gle-hinged barn door now re­placed by two steel ones, and stalls for two cows, a horse and a sow. With help from barn restora­tion con­trac­tor De­nis La­fer­rière, a new steel beam re­places sev­eral of the old sup­port­ing posts in the orig­i­nal barn and ca­bles pull the build­ing into square. An in­ter­est­ing de­tail, Mr. Roy used re­claimed wood from a cen­tury-old dis­man­tled silo to re­in­force the trusses in the old sec­tion. The Roys bought the scenic prop­erty in 1995. It in­cludes their home, a fine old farm­house they have lov­ingly ren­o­vated.

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