Alberta Innovates Partners with Protein Industries Canada on Ag Data Project

by | Jul 20, 2021 | Funding, News, Research, Technology

Alberta Innovates has partnered with Protein Industries Canada (PIC) on a project to improve data use in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector, PIC says in a news release on July 20.

The project is lead by the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI) in collaboration with the Alberta Data Institute (ADI), a program under Alberta Innovates, as well as a number of other participating organizations.

“Data is essential in driving innovation in the Canadian agriculture and agrifood industry. This project is a great example of how better coordination and cooperation will position Canada as a world leader in the global plant-based food, feed and ingredients ecosystem,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in the news release.

The project will focus on four areas:

  • Using hands-on technology demonstration to explore the ability to share data along the value chain
  • Researching data ownership, data privacy, and interoperability and standards for agri-food data
  • Developing data literacy training programs for producers, technologists and others working along the food value chain
  • Creating an advisory working group to provide oversight and direction for next steps.

EMILI will work in collaboration with a number of external organizations, such as Enns Brothers, Farm Credit Canada, the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and Pulse Canada.

A total of $903,000 is being invested into the project, with PIC investing $438,000 and the project participants together investing $465,000, the release notes.

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