Seeking Albertans’ input on agriculture research

Seeking Albertans’ input on agriculture research

The following information was sent out to the Agriculture Community on Wednesday, January 8th, so you may have several copies in your inbox. The Alberta Seed Growers Executive met with Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen in August and discussed the value of regional research in relation to plant breeding, variety development, and variety performance assessments. Now the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry wants to hear directly from farmers as they decide where to decrease spending for the April budget. Research impacts many parts of your operation: basic science, plant breeding, agronomics, monitoring (pests: weeds, diseases and insects), predictive/management tools, assessing the effectiveness of ag policies, and extension of new information, use of existing infrastructure (buildings, equipment and people) are all being considered as the government works towards reduced spending. Several of the few remaining Provincial extension experts have already been ‘let-go’.

Your comments are important!

We encourage you to take the time to attend one of the meetings below. You will find the content of the meetings by clicking on the on-line survey link also provided below. You may find it helpful to review the survey prior to attending a meeting. If you are not able to attend a meeting on such short notice then please click on the on-line survey link to share your views on what research really matters to you, on your farm, or for your customers. This will be the only consultation with Alberta’s Farm Stakeholders about provincial research and it will be used to determine which programs and staff remain and which programs and staff are removed from the budget!

This is your chance to guide the development of research in the province that supports the future of agriculture.

Seeking Albertans’ input on agriculture research

January 08, 2020
Media inquiries

The government is holding engagement sessions and launching an online survey to gather feedback about the future of agriculture research in Alberta.

“We are working with farmers to determine their research priorities. This is an opportunity to transform how we do research and attract investment from the private sector. I see world-leading agricultural research happening here, either by leveraging work happening in existing facilities or building brand new ones.”
Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

There are six public engagement sessions throughout the province. The government will be seeking input on:

  • what farmer-led research means to Albertans
  • farmer-led research priorities
  • governance models for delivering farmer-led research

The online survey is open until Jan. 31.

Media inquiries

Adrienne South

Press Secretary, Agriculture and Forestry