Agricultural Institute of Canada

Agricultural Institute of Canada

February 10, 2014 16:38 ET

Agricultural Institute Responds to Federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy Consultation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 10, 2014) - Today the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) announced the submission of its response to Industry Canada's consultations on a new federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy. As part of its approach to updating the Strategy, the government solicited public feedback on how best to shape federal science and technology policy.

"While we applaud the Harper government's significant investments in science, technology and innovation, it is important to remember that public support for basic research focusing on long-term advances is also needed," said Daniel Kosick, Director of Communications for AIC. "AIC's recommendations support increased federal investments in public, academic and corporate agricultural research as well as the development of a strong national agricultural research policy."

Agricultural research (including food production, safety and security) is a focal point for governments around the world. AIC's recommendations to Industry Canada include:

  • Continued federal investments in key business innovation programs and demand-driven research, particularly research related to agriculture;

  • The development of a real-time inventory of ongoing and existing agricultural research to promote the efficient use of research resources and to enable industry to see "at-a-glance" who the researchers are in their areas of business;

  • Increased funding for federal research laboratories to engage in long-term basic research in order to provide lasting and stable job opportunities for top research scientists; and

  • Expanding on existing international accreditation efforts in STEM fields to allow foreign institutions to benchmark their programs against industry-validated standards and enhance their graduates' mobility.

About AIC

The Agricultural Institute of Canada is a centre of knowledge for science in agriculture. It publishes three scientific journals (the Canadian Journals of Animal Science, Plant Science and Soil Science) and manages an international agricultural sciences accreditation program for foreign universities. Visit www.aic.ca for more information. Follow us on Twitter @aginstitute.

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