The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is giving $750,000 towards the new Advanced Agriculture Research Centre of Excellence at SARDA AG Research in Donnelly, Alta., a Sept. 28 news release said.
SARDA Ag Research is a non-profit organization directed by producers from the Alberta municipal districts of Smoky River, Greenview, Big Lakes County, Northern Sunrise County and the County of Grande Prairie, the release said.
“SARDA’s research has been benefiting producers in the region for more than 30 years,” Keith Degenhardt, WGRF board chair said in the release. “WGRF is excited to contribute to this unique opportunity for SARDA to build a hub in the north for advanced agricultural research.”
“SARDA envisions the Advanced Agriculture Research Centre of Excellence as a place for producers and researchers to gather, share new ideas on crop research, methodology and facilitate the transfer of quality research information,” Vance Yaremko, executive director of SARDA, said in the release. “We are very grateful to WGRF for the investment in our research centre. SARDA is providing more than $960,000 towards the new building for a total project cost of more than $1.7 Million.”
The release noted SARDA expects the Advanced Agriculture Research Centre of Excellence to be completed by spring 2023.