Organization: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

AAFC provides $6 million for beef R&D projects

The beef industry will receive $6 million from Agri-Innovations, a $158-million program announced May/09. Managed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the program will support R&D into reducing production costs, increasing feed efficiency and improving animal health. The R&D program is being launched in conjunction with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association which is providing $1.2 million.…

DNA-based wheat test receives $8.9 million

Commercialization efforts for a new DNA-based process to identify the class and variety of wheat is receiving $8.9 million over five years from the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan. Developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and licensed to the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), the DNA-based test will be further developed by a team of…

AAFC-funded network to develop new uses for spuds

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is providing $5.3 million over three years to fund a BioPotato Network in Atlantic Canada. The Network will focus on commercializing potato extracts, developing healthier varieties, developing pharmaceutical uses for starch, creating a new generation of bioplastics and developing biopesticides for insect control. Potatoes are a $6-billion industry in Canada…

NRCan unveils design of CANMET MTL lab in Hamilton

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has unveiled the design and broken ground on its new CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (MTL) in Hamilton, more than three years after announcing that the lab would be moving from Ottawa (R$, July 22/05). The decision to relocate the lab was based on potential synergies realized by combining the Hamilton region’s…

AAFC loans $5M to Bioniche vaccine scale-up facility

Bioniche Life Sciences Inc has received another funding commitment as part of its planned $100-million project to create an Animal Health and Food Safety Vaccine Manufacturing Centre at its headquarters in Belleville ON. The latest financial assistance is a $5-million repayable loan from the new Agri-Opportunities Program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The funding will…

Bell, Nortel open optical research centre in Montreal

Bell Canada and Nortel Networks Corp will open their first satellite laboratory in Montreal early next year as part of a new national network of innovation centres focusing on advanced voice and multimedia. The new Optical Innovation Centre in Montreal will work on initiatives that lower deployment costs, improve the speed to market of next…