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Government of Canada investing in Dairy Research Cluster
By Manure Manager
By Manure Manager
Speaking to a room of hundreds of dairy producers, and livestreamed to dairy producers across the country, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food was at the Dairy Farmers of Canada Annual General meeting today where she announced an investment of $11.4 million to the Dairy Research Cluster, led by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. With investment from the industry, the total investment in this cluster will be $16.5 million.
The Dairy Research Cluster aims to foster public trust, drive innovation and stimulate economic growth of the Canadian dairy sector. The cluster will support cutting-edge research in areas of bovine genetics, animal health and welfare, milk production automation, forage breeding, milk safety and quality and environmental sustainability.
The research cluster will also support the development of management practices and tools to reduce on-farm economic losses from production limiting diseases. Through this investment, the sector will also better understand the impact of microbes on milk, dairy product composition and quality, and examine the use of alternative tools and practices to antimicrobial use.
Dairy is the second largest agricultural sector in Canada, generating 41,000 jobs on farms and processing plants, the backbone of many rural communities across Canada.
“The Canadian dairy sector is a key driver of jobs and economic growth, especially in our rural communities, and this investment will help it remain on the cutting-edge of research. We continue to work closely with industry to ensure Canada’s agricultural sector remains strong, stable and competitive for years to come,” said Minister Bibeau in a released statement.
Minister Bibeau also reinforced the Government of Canada’s strong and unwavering commitment to the supply management system for generations to come. Following the ratification of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Budget 2019 announced up to $3.9 billion for producers in Canada’s supply managed producers. This includes up to $2.4 billion to sustain the incomes of producers, as well as up to $1.5 billion to protect against any reduction in quota value. The Government has been working hard with industry working groups to finalize these delivery mechanisms, to ensure they meet the needs of producers.
Budget 2019 also commits to working with the industry to address the impacts on the processing sector, as well as potential future impacts of the new NAFTA agreement.