Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 24, 2007 14:27 ET

Canada's New Government Invests $371,643 in Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agri-Food Projects

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - March 24, 2007) - Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced $371,643 for three projects that will benefit producers and processors in Saskatchewan and across the country.

"Canada's New Government is pleased to fund projects that create new opportunities for producers and increase food security for consumers," said Mr. Trost. "These investments will help position the agricultural sector for the future and will help farmers here in Saskatchewan as well as the agri-food sector as a whole."

Projects being funded include:

- $149,188 to the University of Saskatchewan to test a by-product of ethanol production for use as a high-grade livestock feed;

- $159,455 to the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre for an online Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point & Food Safety Diploma Program; and

- $63,000 to FarmPure Global Inc. to develop a new oat variety for the dairy and feedlot industry.

Funding for these projects is made available through the Saskatchewan Council for Community Development (SCCD) which delivers Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program in Saskatchewan. The DDGS project (Distillers' Dried Grains with Solubles) is a "collective outcome" project being funded along with support of the ACAAF industry councils in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

"This funding will benefit producers by giving them more choice and will benefit processors by allowing them to produce a safe, value-added product," said Garth Patterson, SCCD Chair.

To obtain more information on the SCCD, please visit www.sccd.sk.ca/acaafs. More information on ACAAF is also available online (www.agr.gc.ca/acaaf).

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Conrad Bellehumeur
    Director of Communications
    613-759-1059
    or
    Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre
    Dan Prefontaine
    President
    306-933-7555
    or
    Trenton Baisley
    President of Super Oats and
    CEO of FarmPure Inc.
    306-791-3770 ext. 221
    or
    University of Saskatchewan
    Dr. John McKinnon
    Professor, Department of Animal and Poultry Science
    306-966-4137