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2018 Open Call for Research Proposals

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GUELPH, ON (September 1, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario has released its call for research proposals for funding in 2018. Investment in research is a long-term strategic initiative of Grain Farmers of Ontario. In the 2016-2017 year, Grain Farmers of Ontario supported 68 research projects across the province.

“Grain Farmers of Ontario is proud to provide funding for research projects that address the present and future needs of our farmer-members,” says Dr. Josh Cowan, Manager of Research and Innovation, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Last year, Grain Farmers of Ontario invested $1.7 million into new and ongoing research projects with every $1 invested by the organization being matched with $3.45 from government and industry funding sources, which is a total value of $7.6 million.”

The 2018 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. There is an emphasis this year on pesticide resistance management and coping with breakdown of resistance, and the management of grain corn ear mould incidence and reducing the occurrence of vomitoxin (DON).

“We look forward to seeing what research projects come forward this year,” says Dr. Cowan. “These research projects create value for our farmer-members and their cropping systems.”

To help prospective researchers properly complete their 2018 Research Proposals, Grain Farmers of Ontario will be hosting an Information Session through videoconference on Wednesday, October 4th at 1:30PM EST. More specific details will be shared closer to the date.

Interested researchers must submit the application form found at gfo.ca/research.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. EST on November 24, 2017. 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 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:

Dr. Josh Cowan, Manager, Research and Innovation - 519-993-7692; joshcowan@gfo.ca

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

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