Federal funds for eastern canola and soy research

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced up to $3.3 million from the AgriInnovation Program for the Eastern Canada Oilseeds Development Alliance (ECODA).

A government release said the funds will be used for research on production of canola and food-grade soybeans on eastern Canadian farms. This project builds on a previous investment of $3.1 million under the Developing Innovative Agri-Products program and $747,000 under the Agricultural Innovation Program.

ECODA is a not-for-profit organization based in Charlottetown, P.E.I., that works with producers, processors, exporters, researchers and governments to increase the economic value and export potential of the canola and soybean industries in Eastern Canada. One of the Alliance’s objectives is to make Eastern Canada a bigger player in the European and Japanese markets for food-grade soybeans and in producing high-quality canola to supply Canadian and international markets.

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