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Tax credit for research checkoffs

The federal government annually provides a Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit to producers offering them a tax credit on their checkoff investments. The tax credit percentage for producers who contributed to the Wheat and Barley Checkoff, administered by the Western Grains Research Foundation in 2012 is 85 per cent for wheat and

Wheat and barley varietal research benefits producers

Arecent return-on-investment study commissioned by the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) has estimated that investment in wheat and barley varietal research is providing producers with a very high return. This study calculates that on average every producer checkoff dollar invested into wheat varietal research has returned $20.40 in value to the producer. Barley varietal research


New Scholarship Supports Budding Grains And Oilseeds Researchers

The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) Endowment Fund is pleased to announce that a graduate scholarship has been established. Starting in June of 2011 WGRF will be providing $100,000 a year towards graduate scholarships at the three Prairie universities. This scholarship will help and encourage top students to further their studies in crop research. WGRF

WGRF Approves $3.8-Million Breeding Tools Initiative

Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) has approved an Endowment Fund Directed Research Program fund of $3.8 million over the next five years for an initiative to develop genomic tools, increase genomic capacity, and enhance the use of doubled haploid in cereal crop-breeding programs. Most Canadian breeding programs already utilize some doubled haploid and genomic technology.

Phytotron Garners WGRF Support

The University of Saskatchewan has received a $1-million investment from Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) for the College of Agriculture and Bioresources’ Phytotron Renewal Project. The Phytotron is an indispensable tool in plant and soil science research and teaching in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. The controlled environment plant growth facility enables three full


And The Winner Is…

Seed of the Year is proud to announce AC Metcalfe, a two-row malting barley variety, as the winner of Seed of the Year -West. AC Metcalfe, developed by Bill Legge at AAFC Brandon, received full registration in 1997, and was an advance in agronomic, disease resistance and quality traits in a two-row malting barley variety.

Supporting Research Lowers Your Taxes

The federal government annually provides a Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit to producers offering them money back on their checkoff investments. The tax credit percentage for producers who contributed to the Wheat and Barley Checkoff (administered by the Western Grains Research Foundation) in 2009 are 83 per cent for wheat and 76

Barley Flour Makes Fantastic Tortillas

If it takes a proven health claim to gain consumer acceptance of barley-based food products, then that’s what Nancy Ames plans to do. Ames, a cereal grain research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Winnipeg, used funding from the Western Grains Research Foundation’s Endowment Fund to develop new food uses for barley. “It started


Pea Starch Project Improves Food Safety – for Oct. 8, 2009

Researchers at the University of Manitoba have produced bioactive edible films and coatings from yellow field pea starch to improve food quality and safety. Jung Han with the university’s department of food science says his main goal was to make a bioactive material delivery matrix – a neutral food-grade material – that could contain or

New Software Speeds Plant Breeding Efficiency

Two Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists have developed software that allows researchers to make genetic comparisons on varieties with the click of a mouse. Software developments and a gene-mapping database funded by the Western Grains Research Foundation Endowment Fund are expected to vastly decrease the amount of time spent sorting through data to make