The federal Growing Canadian Agri-Innovations Program will invest $158 million to support industry-led innovation initiatives that help get new agricultural products into the marketplace and improve agricultural processes, federal officials announced last week.
“We are always listening to farmers and we’re helping farmers put more black ink on the bottom line by bringing new products to new markets,” said the Honourable Gerry Ritz, minister of agriculture. “For example, future demand for canola is increasing and that means we have to start researching new crop rotations and production processes to make sure Canadian farmers can make the most of growing opportunities.”
The program will deliver key investments to help farmers, food processors and researchers take new innovations from the drawing board to the marketplace. The government will also work with farm leaders and experts to analyze potential future trends in consumer demands and technologies. New ideas depend on new investments from the private sector and this program will help farmers and processors build strong business cases to attract that vital support.