Research and Development

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  • Key Players for Research and Development:
    • Western Grains Research Foundation
    • Canadian International Grains Institute
    • Canadian Malting and Brewing Technical Centre
    • Canadian Grain Commission –Research Lab

  • Western Grains Research Foundation – WGRF
    • Begun in 1981 with some monies from Prairie Farm Assistance Act
    • Since 2000 the WGRF receives funds deemed to be in excess of the set railway revenue cap –goes into Endowment Fund
    • Continuous funding: producer check-off on grain sales taken from CWB final payments ($.50/MT for barley; $.30/MT for wheat). Farmer funded and directed.

  • Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI)
    • Provides educational programs and technical expertise to customers. Programs are customized by commodity (e.g. wheat), end use (e.g. animal feed) or subject (e.g. grain marketing)
    • Capabilities: flour milling, noodle and pasta production, bakery, food use barley, pulses, biodiesel, feed, and grain marketing
    • Future funding - part of the new levy agreement with partners. The Institute anticipates it will be much bigger and more commercially focused over time
    • Some exciting work being done with Canada Prairie Spring wheat for noodle and steam bun uses

  • Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC)
    • A non-profit, independent organization to assist the malting and brewing industries
    • Mission – Applied malting and brewing research
    • Objectives - customer education, technical support/guidance, problem solving, training, applied research
    • Services – consulting on brewing/malting production issues, new product development, trouble shooting, barley analysis, malt analysis, beer analysis

  • Canadian Grain Commission Research Lab
    • Grain biotechnology research – develops and evaluates assays for detection, identification and quantification of GMO’s
    • Variety Identification monitoring – supports Canada’s quality assurance system through variety testing
    • Support variety registration with quality control lab work and reviews new lines prior to registration

  • Governments and industry recognize the importance of existing research programs.
  • There are research opportunities in more than Hard Red Spring wheat. Medium quality wheats (CPS/General Purpose) hold considerable potential for some processing markets.
  • New funding mechanisms for our research institutions are being considered, with details still to be determined.
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This information published to the web on May 25, 2012.
Last Reviewed/Revised on May 12, 2015.