January 25, 2019 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Atlantic Canada’s grains and oilseeds sector is renowned for producing high-quality, safe products. In 2017, crop receipts for the grains and oilseeds sector in the Atlantic provinces equaled $83.5 million, which is 10 per cent of total crop receipts in the region. The Government of Canada will continue to support the sector in finding ways to ensure it remains strong and competitive.
Today, while speaking at the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture’s Annual General Meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced an investment of over $4 million to the Atlantic Grains Council under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. This funding includes $3.2 million under the Partnership’s AgriScience Program, and $260,655 each from the provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and $44,550 from Newfoundland and Labrador. With eight of the 11 projects taking place at the Harrington Research Centre, researchers in Prince Edward Island are leading much of the work.
This funding will be used to support research efforts focused on improving producer productivity and competitiveness, while preserving and protecting soil and water resources, in order to support the long-term sustainability of grains and oilseeds cropping systems in Atlantic Canada.
The grains and oilseeds sector plays a vital role in Atlantic Canada's economy, producing top-quality products and providing good, middle-class jobs. By investing in research and working together, industry, scientists and governments, our Government is helping grow the sector and create opportunities for farmers and their families in rural communities across Atlantic Canada for years to come.The Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food