January 07, 2014 16:09 ET
GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 7, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux announced an investment of up to $422,000 to the Ontario Cereal Industry Research Council (OCIRC) to research winter wheat gluten quality. This research will benefit the Ontario wheat industry by identifying traits that will help build new markets for winter wheat through enhanced milling and more product uses. The goal of this research is to help farmers benefit from the development of new, locally adaptable winter wheat varieties that can meet the changing preferences of buyers.
Today's investment is made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698 million initiative under Growing Forward 2. The Program's industry-led research and development stream supports pre-commercialization research, development and knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based practices, processes, and products.
"Winter wheat is a significant contributor to Ontario's economy and innovative investments like this will drive growth and productivity in the sector. This research is expected to increase the value of winter wheat and expand market opportunities for Canadian producers."
"OCIRC's members view this project as strategically very important to maintaining our competitive position in winter wheat in Ontario, one of our leading cash crops. We are very pleased with the research team that has been attracted to the University of Guelph to enable this project to be undertaken. Advancing our understanding of and application of protein functionality in winter wheat will enable our sector to be more innovative in processes and products."
Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
AgriInnovation Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Wheat Cluster and Canadian Wheat Alliance
Ontario Cereal Industry Research Council
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