Launch of farmer-led research in Alberta
Provincial Press Release October 16, 2020 @ 2:09pm published at 2:46pm
Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) and Agriculture and Forestry have reached a funding agreement for agriculture research.
The $37-million annual agreement will see the organization prioritize agriculture research projects that reflect the needs of farmers and ranchers in Alberta. RDAR has also finalized its initial research priorities and will release a targeted call for proposals.
“Alberta’s farmers and ranchers told us that they wanted to direct research priorities – not government. We heard that loud and clear, and so this agreement puts them in the driver’s seat. RDAR will transform agriculture research in Alberta and help our agriculture sector compete internationally.” Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
RDAR research priorities include:
Enhanced productivity, profitability and competitiveness
Sustainable and responsible agricultural production
Market demands: food safety, quality, value-added products and diversification
Extension and knowledge transfer
This arrangement is part of the Alberta government’s commitment to ensure farmers and ranchers lead agriculture research priorities.
Under this new model, agricultural research in Alberta will lead to tangible benefits for farmers, including higher profits, a more abundant food supply at lower cost for Albertans and ultimately a higher quality of life in rural communities.
“This milestone allows RDAR to operate fully, start to fund projects to get the results that matter most to Alberta’s producers, while contributing to a strong, vibrant and profitable agriculture industry in Alberta. RDAR is where big ideas grow.” Dr. David Chalack, chair, Results Driven Agriculture Research
Established in March, RDAR is a non-profit producer-led company that operates at arm’s length from the Government of Alberta.
It determines and funds industry-wide research priorities to enhance producers’ competitive advantage.