News Release - August 29, 2001
FUNDING FOR ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH
Agriculture and Food's Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) will support
organic farming research at the University of Saskatchewan. Researchers
Dr. Diane Knight and Dr. Steve Shirtliffe will receive $286,000 for
research into soil fertility and weed management on organic farms.
Premier Lorne Calvert announced the funding today at the Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada Scott Research Farm, where part of the research will be
conducted over the next three years.
"Scott Research Farm is an excellent example of federal-provincial co-
operation and was a primary site for organic research supported by the
federal-provincial Agri-Food Innovation Fund," Premier Calvert said.
"Agricultural research and development undertaken by federal and provincial
facilities are vital to Saskatchewan's agriculture and food industry and
play a major role in helping producers diversify."
"This research will provide better information to producers who are
choosing organic farming. During recent consultations Saskatchewan's
organic growers identified soil fertility and weed management as their top
With an increase of $2 million announced in the spring provincial budget,
$19 million is now allocated to agricultural research and development in
For more information, contact:
Dr. Abdul Jalil Chris Maloney
Director, Agriculture Research Branch College of Agriculture
Agriculture and Food University of Saskatchewan
Phone: (306) 787-5960 Phone: (306) 966-8618