Calgary, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Canadian beef sector is a strong economic driver, accounting for $9 billion in farm cash receipts in 2017. Exports of Canadian beef and cattle totalled nearly $2.41 billion in 2017. Canadian beef producers are working hard to ensure they continue to create good, middle-class jobs while expanding markets for their safe, high-quality products.
While attending the Calgary Stampede, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced an investment of up to $14 million to the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters. The BCRC will contribute up to an additional $7.6 million, for a total investment of up to $21 million.
Funding for the Sustainable Beef and Forage Science Cluster will be used for activities focussed on improving the sustainability of Canadian beef and forage production, growing beef exports and supplying high-quality Canadian beef to people around the world. The Beef Cluster was funded under two previous agricultural policy frameworks. The previous research activities, which looked at genetics, feed efficiency, forages and animal health, have contributed to a strong and more competitive beef sector and sustained producer profitability.
Today’s announcement is part of the Minister’s cross country ‘Growing Canadian Agriculture' tour which started in Quebec in mid June and ends in British Columbia on July 17.
The Minister is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders, and will also participate in rural agricultural events, to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments and programs - including those recently launched under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership—and how they will help to build an even stronger and more innovative sector for Canada.Source : Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada