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AWC announces nearly $280,000 in research funding for projects through Ag Development Fund

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) is investing nearly $280,000 in four research projects that could lower farmers’ input costs through improved integrated pest management technology.

Additional funding for these projects is coming from Sask Wheat and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association. Funding is being matched by the Ag Development Fund (ADF), a provincial program led by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. ADF funding was announced earlier today by Saskatchewan agriculture minister David Marit during CropSphere.

“These projects could result in new, disease and pest resistant varieties and improved agronomic practices that will positively impact our margins,” says Terry Young, AWC Research Chair. “We are looking forward to seeing results that can directly translate to higher returns.”

 Project titles and AWC funding contributions can be found in the backgrounder below.

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AWC-funded projects and contributions

Accelerating the introgression of enhanced stem solidness from tall wheatgrass to spring wheat
$43,478 | Pierre Hucl, University of Saskatchewan 

Building on past success: furthering our understanding of wheat stripe rust to mitigate disease and improve resistance 
$65,217 | Randy Kutcher, University of Saskatchewan 

Developing novel technologies for controlling herbicide resistant wild oat in wheat 
$104,348 | Steve Shirtliffe, University of Saskatchewan 

Alternatives to Sm1: hairy glumes, awns, and egg antibiosis for managing wheat midge
$65,000 | Tyler Wist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada