Grains research shakeup forces new direction

By Sean Pratt, The Western Producer, July 14, 2017 

The Western Grains Research Foundation is losing a key source of its core funding, and that is leading to a dramatic shift in the type of research it will be managing in the future.

The foundation had been receiving 30 cents per tonne from the wheat portion and 50 cents per tonne from the barley portion of the Western Canadian Deduction.

That deduction expires July 31.

Many of the provincial wheat and barley associations will be increasing their checkoffs by the amount that was being collected in the deduction and taking over the varietal development and other work that was being managed by the WGRF.

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