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2017 Open Call for Research Proposals

GUELPH, ON (September 20, 2016) – Grain Farmers of Ontario has released its call for research proposals for funding in 2017. Investment in research is a long-term strategic initiative of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

“Grain Farmers of Ontario provides funding for research projects that address the present and future needs of our farmer-members,” says Josh Cowan, Manager of Research and Innovation, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Last year, Grain Farmers of Ontario invested $1.7 million from farmer-members into research projects and leveraged those dollars through government and industry partnerships for a total research value of $7.3 million.”

The 2017 call for research proposals will target projects addressing four priority research areas: Agronomy and Production; Weed, Disease & Insect Pests; Breeding & Genetics, and Crop Utilization & Quality. Within these broad priorities, we are also specifically highlighting cover crop, phosphorous management, and crop utilization priorities. The updated 2017 Grain Farmers of Ontario research priorities are available online at gfo.ca/research.

“We are excited to see the new research ideas that are brought forward,” says Cowan. “Projects in the four priority areas will benefit farmer-members and their cropping systems.”

Interested researchers must submit the application form found at gfo.ca/research. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on November 30, 2016. Should researchers have any questions, they are encouraged to contact Grain Farmers of Ontario to discuss their research proposals — contact Natalie DiMeo at ndimeo@gfo.ca or 519-767-4138.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover over 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Contact:

Josh Cowan, Manager, Research and Innovation - 519-767-4129; joshcowan@gfo.ca

Natalie DiMeo, Research Coordinator - 519-767-4138; ndimeo@gfo.ca

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