Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is transferring some livestock research programs to the University of Alberta, the province says in a news release on Oct. 19.
“The U of A has a strong agriculture program, and adding these great researchers to their programming will benefit Alberta’s farmers and ranchers for years to come. Research is critical to agriculture’s success, and by leveraging and increasing capacity it will result in huge benefits for Alberta’s agriculture sector,” Devin Dreeshen, minister of agriculture and forestry, says in the release.
The U of A will receive a $3.7-million grant to assist in the transition. These researchers and programs will be transferred:
- John Basarab, beef genomics and feed efficiency
- Marcos Colazo, reproductive management in beef and dairy cattle
- Valerie Carney, Poultry Innovation Project lead
- Sheri Strydhorst, cereal agronomy
This agreement is part of the Alberta government’s agriculture research transition, which has included starting Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR). Over the long term, RDAR will assume ongoing responsibility for the funding agreement with the U of A, the release notes.