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Agriculture research needs to focus on future challenges

The institute said rising population, climate change and the need to find alternatives to fossil fuels are priorities. The Manitoba Cooperator – Canada needs a forward looking agriculture research policy to help feed a burgeoning global population, cope with climate change and develop alternatives to fossil fuels, says the Agriculture Institute of Canada. It has released […]

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Media Release: Ag Institute Outlines Steps to Advance Canada’s Agriculture and Contribute Globally

Ottawa, ON – Today, the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) is releasing a far-reaching agricultural research policy that will have impact for all stakeholders involved in agriculture and related sectors. “If Canada is to regain its leadership in agricultural research, this is a good first step,” said Serge Buy, CEO of AIC. “The concrete steps outlined […]

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AIC offers national research strategy preview

The Ontario Farmer – AIC offers a preview of the national research strategy. The plan, put together after two years of consultrations, stresses a balance between applied and basic research. The Agricultural Institute of Canada has provided a preview of what will likely be in its national agriculture research policy that is to be released […]

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AIC 2015 Conference Report

On July 12-14 researchers, academics, government and industry representatives, and other agricultural research stakeholders gathered in Ottawa to help shape a modern agricultural research policy for Canada. The conference report summarizes the workshop discussions that took place. AIC will circulate the draft policy in August 2015, with the final policy aimed for release in September. […]

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Research seeks to find adverse weather-tolerant plants

The Ontario Farmer – The University of Saskatchewan has received $37.2 million in funding from the federal government for research into new plant varieties that can cope with the erratic weather expected from climate change. University researchers in the Designing Crops for Global Food Security Initiative are aiming to use specific genes to create varieties of […]

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Balance needed in agri-food research in Canada

Agri research in Canada is hamstrung by a shortage of financial and human resources. The Manitoba Cooperator – The pursuit of basic science in agriculture and agri-food has been squeezed out of federal priorities in recent years, speakers told an Agriculture Institute of Canada conference. “Funding remains a challenge for us,” Robert Gordon, dean of the […]

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It’s time for policy direction in agricultural research

While the agricultural community is interested, engaged and eager to begin developing an agricultural research policy, we have observed that, to date, the politicians are absent from such discussions. The Hill Times – July 20, 2015 – Agriculture has, in the past few years, taken a back seat to other issues. Research and scientists rarely […]

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Agriculture researchers aim to put sector on election agenda

Canada needs a long-term research policy with stable funding for its agriculture sector – an issue that must be raised by politicians in the upcoming federal election campaign, scientists and policy advocates say. The pending national agriculture-based research strategy – which included consultations with 1,000 different stakeholders – comes as farm groups continue to push […]

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