Investment in agricultural research into grain quality and storage
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing nearly $484,000 in equipment and infrastructure needed to conduct specialized research projects on grain preservation and storage, announced federal Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, and Manitoba Agriculture Minister, Ralph Eichler.
Funding will be invested to complete the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute’s grain innovation facility near Portage la Prairie. This includes basic infrastructure needs, as well as specialized equipment such as hopper bins, a grain weighing wagon, lighting, conveyors, ventilation fans and related research instruments.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food said, "Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver of our economy. As we innovate new crops and enhance existing ones, we need improvements in storage to keep up with an evolving sector. This funding will help Canadian grain producers grow their businesses and stay competitive, while creating good well-paying jobs in the local economy."
Minister of Manitoba Agriculture, Ralph Eichler said, "Manitoba has an internationally-recognized network of grain handling and storage manufacturers, making this investment essential to supporting the future of these sectors while preserving the quality and standards of our grain products. For Manitoba’s value-added processing industries to grow, we must also continually improve how we store agricultural commodities, with the goal of avoiding spoilage and other losses.”
Harvey Chorney, Vice President and Manager of Manitoba Operations, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute said, "The scale of grain storage bins has increased 10 to 20 times over the last 30 years. On top of that, innovations in crops and harvesting techniques are changing the characteristics of grain going into bins. Scientific and engineering testing has not kept up, leaving agricultural producers in a risky position. The research facilities made possible by this funding will help us to answer new questions in grain storage."
Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute is a non-profit applied research, development and testing organization, serving the agriculture industry in western Canada and internationally. It directly employs 11 people in Portage la Prairie and surrounding areas and completed 126 agricultural research projects last year. Its work is directed by an independent board of producers and the Manitoba and Saskatchewan governments. For more information, visit Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute.