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January 19, 2010 12:00 ET

MP Blake Richards Announces Innovative Research and Development in Airdrie, Alberta

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2010) - Mr. Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Wild Rose, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced a contribution to Grow Safe Systems Ltd. from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

The funding supports an innovative research and development project that will assist Grow Safe Systems in developing advanced software for the agriculture industry.

"Our government, through the Economic Action Plan, is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Mr. Richards. "This project will help Grow Safe develop innovative new technology that will stimulate the local economy while helping the cattle industry across Canada and around the world."

This $269,000 contribution will support Grow Safe Systems in researching, developing, and commercializing technology that measures water intake by cattle on pastures and in high-capacity feedlots, facilitating early identification and diagnosis of sick animals.

"Investing in science and technology is critical for developing highly skilled people and improving the long-term competitiveness of Canadian firms," said NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe. "That's why NRC-IRAP is helping innovative Canadian businesses such as Grow Safe Systems grow stronger, faster and bigger."

Grow Safe Systems' technology helps the agriculture industry monitor feeding techniques to improve the quality of cattle. Its clients include some of the world's leading agricultural universities, research facilities and commercial seed-stock operations.

"This Government of Canada's support through NRC-IRAP is providing incentive to leverage our internal research and development funding," said Camiel Huisma, President and Founder of Grow Safe Systems. "NRC-IRAP's support is a valuable cornerstone to the foundation of our technical and commercial success."

About NRC and NRC-IRAP

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises.

The program is delivered by a field staff of 240 professionals in more than 100 communities across Canada. NRC-IRAP is committed to working with small- and medium-sized enterprises while they realize their full potential, turning knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.

The government's Economic Action Plan has provided new resources of $200 million over the next two years to bolster NRC-IRAP support for innovative Canadian firms. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

For more information (media only), please visit NRC-IRAP's Web site

Contact Information

  • National Research Council Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft - Director of Communications