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Expanding agriculture research at the U of A

posted Oct 26, 2020, 7:42 PM by Action for Agriculture

Agriculture and Forestry has reached an agreement to transfer key research programs to the University of Alberta, strengthening its agriculture research capacity.

The University of Alberta will receive a $3.7-million grant to assist in the transition of critical agriculture research programs and researchers.

These researchers and programs now reside with the University of Alberta:

  • John Basarab, beef genomics and feed efficiency
  • Dr. Marcos Colazo, reproductive management in beef and dairy cattle
  • Valerie Carney, Poultry Innovation Project lead
  • Sheri Strydhorst, cereal agronomy

Alberta farmers and ranchers will continue to benefit from world-leading research that will now be housed at the University of Alberta. These researchers and programs, previously with Agriculture and Forestry, will continue to benefit the province’s farmers and livestock producers under the current agreement.

Quick facts

  • Established in March, RDAR is a non-profit producer-led company that operates at arm’s length from the Government of Alberta.
    • RDAR and the Government of Alberta recently reached a $37-million annual funding agreement.
    • RDAR determines and funds industry-wide research priorities to enhance producers’ competitive advantage.
  • The University of Alberta is one of the world’s top research universities, with expertise in both established and emerging fields including health, artificial intelligence, energy, food safety and security, and nanotechnology.