DFC and DPAC Welcome Agri-Science Clusters and Agri-Innovation Program

    OTTAWA, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) welcomed the
$158 million Growing Canadian Agri-Innovations Program announced Friday. DFC
has been working with the Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) to
develop three research areas for the agri-science clusters. The research areas
address human nutrition and health, food safety and finding ways to reduce the
dairy industry's carbon footprint on the environment.
    "DFC and DPAC have long awaited the details of the "research clusters"
announced in the Growing Forward agreement," said Jacques Laforge, President
of Dairy Farmers of Canada. "We welcome this opportunity to work together on
research of public interest and actively develop research proposals."
    DFC and DPAC have supported the concept of agri-science clusters to bring
industry, academic and government expertise together to address new
opportunities to make agriculture more profitable and competitive, from the
beginning. This program will allow various agricultural sectors to access up
to $16 million in matching funds for priority research projects.
    For over one year, the dairy industry has been working on identifying
priority topics of research interest to both producers and processors and now
that the forms are available, we will be ready to submit applications for
funding soon. DFC invests over $2 million in research every year, in the areas
of nutrition, animal care, environmental research, food safety and more. These
research projects are carried out in collaboration with universities and AAFC
research centres.

    DFC and DPAC welcome the government's continued support for world class
research and applaud the leadership at AAFC that has delivered this important
research program for Canadian agriculture.

For further information:

For further information: Thérèse Beaulieu, Dairy Farmers of Canada,
(613) 236-9997 x 2751; Sally Rutherford, Dairy Processors Association of
Canada, (613) 232-7242

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