Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 10, 2007 12:03 ET

The Government of Canada Invests $3.2 Million in Agricultural Research Projects in Quebec

SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 10, 2007) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest $3.2 million in 50 research projects in Quebec in 2007-08.

"The Government of Canada proudly supports agricultural research here in Quebec and is happy to announce the implementation of new projects that will generate wealth and assure prosperity for Canadian farmers," said Secretary of State Paradis. "By conducting this Peer Review process, we are ensuring that scientists conduct research that is innovative and relevant to the agriculture sector while ensuring a focus on new priorities in the areas of health, the environment and the bioeconomy."

The announcement was made at the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Last month, Minister Strahl announced the overall results of the external Peer Review of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research proposals for 2007-08. This year, a total of 233 research projects have been approved as a result of this in-depth review and AAFC is allocating over $22 million to these projects.

The support announced today will go to projects such as:

- developing sustainable practices for tillage and manure management taking into account the soil and climatic conditions of Quebec;

- identifying and developing intervention strategies for the control of food allergens along the food chain;

- researching the biological and ecological aspects of nematodes for the development of reduced risk technologies and best management practices; and

- developing and improving value-added dairy products, while improving the efficiency and sustainability of dairy cow production and reducing its impact on the environment as well as promoting human and animal health.

The Government of Canada launched the Peer Review process in 2006 to ensure that research projects are based on scientific excellence, as well as increase the competitiveness of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. AAFC will continue to submit future proposals to external Peer Review to uphold the credibility of its science and ensure sound investment of public funds.

For more information on the results of the external peer review process, please visit the AAFC Website (

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Secretary of State
    Mark Quinlan
    Director of Communications