Core breeding agreement with University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre
Funding investment: $2.7 million
In September 2020, the CBRC invested $2.7 million over five years in the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC) through a core breeding agreement to develop barley varieties with improved agronomics, disease resistance and end-use quality. The overall goal of this research is to improve the competitiveness of Canadian barley and help create new markets and opportunities for Canadian producers.
Core breeding agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Funding investment: $1.5 million
In October 2020, the CBRC committed more than $1.5 million over five years to a core barley breeding agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The overall goal of this breeding agreement is to ensure that western Canadian farmers will have continued access to premium barley varieties from AAFC for years to come, which will drive competitiveness and profitability for the Canadian barley sector. CBRC also assumed responsibility for farmer funding of barley varietal development from the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), which includes working with AAFC to ensure adequate funding is in place to deliver improved genetics and profitability for barley farmers.