The Government of Alberta seeks to ensure agricultural research in Alberta is led by farmers and that Albertans are getting the best results for their investment. To help transform how agriculture research is conducted in the province, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is seeking input from regional producers. Through this engagement, the Province seeks to ensure agricultural research in Alberta is led by farmers, and that Albertans are getting the best results for their investment. Share your feedback by completing the online survey by January 31, 2020.
Area producers may wish to take in the upcoming Barrhead Session on the morning of Wednesday, January 22.
“We are working with farmers to determine their research priorities," states Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen. "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.”
Producer insights are being sought regarding:
• what farmer-led research means to Albertans
• farmer-led research priorities
• opportunities for industry participation and shared leadership/ownership in the exploration and evaluation of governance models that deliver farmer-led research
These changes are an opportunity to conduct world-leading research in Alberta by leveraging work happening in existing facilities or building brand new ones and attracting investment from bio-tech companies.
In addition to the survey, the province plans to meet with key stakeholders, including marketing board and commission representatives, applied research associations and post-secondary institutions. A series of engagement sessions throughout January is also planned. Click one of the event links below to register for an upcoming session near you:
• Vermilion | January 21, 9 to 11 am
• Camrose | January 21, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
• Barrhead | January 22, 9:30 - 11:30 am
• Olds | January 23, 2 to 4 pm
• Calgary | January 24, 10 am to 12 pm
Your feedback will help determine the province’s research priorities and the best way to meet those needs. For more information on this engagement initiative, please contact the Ag-Info Centre. Ag-Info Centre resource agents and specialists are available to answer your inquiries or refer you to the appropriate resource.
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276)
Phone: 403-742-7901 (outside Alberta)