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Devin Dreeshen

Date

September 27, 2021

Topic

Agriculture

Alberta’s farmers know their industry best and what it needs to grow and thrive in the modern era. So when we established Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), an arm’s-length, non-profit corporation, we ensured its research funding priorities were producer-led.

Since then, we’ve got the ball rolling on millions of dollars worth of research that will directly benefit farmers and livestock producers. Alberta’s government has committed $370 million – over a third of a billion dollars – to funding agriculture research over the next decade.

This year, RDAR hit the ground running. Once its new board of directors was elected and CEO hired in March 2021, it’s been busy reviewing, assessing and funding innovative research that will impact farmers and ranchers for years to come.

Just a few examples of RDAR’s investments in Alberta’s agriculture industry:

The 2021 growing season was especially dry, and RDAR stepped up to respond quickly. It put out a Fast Call for research proposals to help meet the short-term needs of Alberta producers. This research will support agriculture industry learnings on how to manage drought and extreme heat conditions.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – you can find out more about RDAR’s research investments at its website, rdar.ca.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing highlights of RDAR’s work on Agriculture and Forestry’s Facebook and Twitter. As RDAR continues to fund important work, stay tuned to find out more.

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    Devin Dreeshen

    Devin Dreeshen was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Forestry on April 30, 2019.

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