Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has established its initial research priorities, the organization says in a news release on Oct. 9.
The initial funding priorities are:
- Enhanced productivity, profitability and competitiveness: Improved animal and crop health; production efficiency; feed utilization; enhanced pest and disease management; genetic improvements.
- Sustainable and responsible agriculture: Water efficiency and quality; soil health (soil quality); input/output utilization; greenhouse gas emissions; climate variability and adaptability; mitigation of antimicrobial resistance; animal welfare.
- Market demands: food safety, quality, value-added products and diversification: Improved food safety, quality and nutrition; new value-added products; alternative agriculture products; interaction of animal, human and environment (one-health); pathogen control and reduction.
- Extension and knowledge transfer: Knowledge translation and transfer to Alberta’s producers; demonstration and analysis of feasibility; adoption of best management practices.