Ag Institute Applauds Government Support for Research
Today, the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) is pleased to see the government’s support of agricultural research through investments in Budget 2016.
“Today’s investments demonstrate that the federal government is supportive of Canada’s agricultural research sector,” said Serge Buy, CEO of AIC. “When it comes to agricultural research, Canada has a wealth of knowledge. With the right support, we can be a world leader.”
Budget 2016 includes:
- $30 million over 6 years to support advanced research in agricultural genomics.
- $41.5 million to support the rehabilitation and modernization of research stations and labs across Canada.
- $1 billion over 4 years (beginning in 2017) for clean technology across a number of sectors including agriculture
Budget 2016 also mentions highlights the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food will develop a framework for additional investments in agricultural science and research.
“Following in the footsteps of AIC’s National Policy on Agricultural Research, we look forward to working with the federal government on these future investments,” added Mr. Buy.
In 2015, after comprehensive consultations with stakeholders, AIC released its national policy on agricultural research. This policy included concrete steps to pave the way toward Canada regaining its leadership in agricultural research.
This year, at our 2016 conference, we are building upon this foundation and focussing on how research gets communicated to the people that need it and how these ideas transform and improve the way we produce food in Canada.
Created in 1920, the Agricultural Institute of Canada is a centre of knowledge for science in agriculture. Our mandate is to advocate on behalf of agricultural research, disseminate information on agricultural research, promote careers in agricultural research and create international linkages.
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