Farmscape for August 3, 2018
The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc says funding provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will help address the pork sector's top research priorities.
The Swine Cluster 3 Research Program, a five year 18.5 million dollar research initiative funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in partnership with the pork sector through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, was officially launched in June.
Swine Innovation Porc Chair Stewart Cressman says part of the process involves making decisions on what are the highest research priorities what will make the greatest impact.
Clip-Swine Innovation Porc Chair-Stewart Cressman:
We identified our priorities based on consultation with the industry and we called for full proposals on 24 of the projects and then submitted them for external review by researchers to give critical analysis on the scientific validity of the programs.
Then we had our research advisory committee, researchers that weren't involved in the research, trying to get scientific rigor on the projects that we had selected to ensure that they were sound scientifically.
Based on that, then we submitted a request for 22 million dollars worth of funding to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
They did their analysis and review taking into account what we had done and then we received a notification that we were successful in receiving 12.7 million dollars from the federal government to be used over five years to conduct the research that we had submitted and that would be combined with 5.8 from producers and industry stakeholders for a 18.5 million dollar research program.
Cressman says the pork sector is confident this initiative will address the significant research priorities that have been identified.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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