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Research co-ordination sought in canola deal

Manitoba canola growers and the federal government plan to improve how federal canola agronomy research funding is co-ordinated in a new $6 million agreement.

The Prairie Canola Agronomy Research Program (PCARP), announced Nov. 12, is the result of an agreement involving the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Canola Council of Canada, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

Under PCARP, a new management committee will be set up and expected to ensure that all AAFC canola agronomy projects fit with the research direction of each of the three provincial grower groups.

A canola agronomy workshop is planned for 2009, which will allow for research updates and discussion, as well as “refinement” of research priorities for the coming year, the groups said.

Being able to leverage grower dollars through funding of AAFC programs means more money can be directed to better canola agronomy projects, the groups said.

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