The Ministry recognizes the need to attract and retain highly qualified scientists and researchers to ensure that Saskatchewan has the capacity and depth to develop new agricultural knowledge and technologies relevant to our climatic conditions. To address this significant challenge, the Ministry has created 15 Strategic Research Program (SRP) Chairs at the University of Saskatchewan and the Western Beef Development Centre, each consisting of a scientist and a technician. Each chair represents an area of strategic importance where Saskatchewan previously lacked intellectual capacity. In addition to these chairs, the Ministry has also created three endowed chairs and four Agri-Food Innovation Fund (AFIF) Chairs to complement and strengthen the expertise at the University of Saskatchewan.
Agri-Food Innovation Fund (AFIF) Chairs
- Dr. Vladimir Vujanovic - AFIF Chair in Agricultural Microbiology and Bioproducts;
- Dr. Ken Van Rees - AFIF Chair in Agroforestry and Afforestation;
- Dr. Bunyamin Tar'an - AFIF Chair in Chickpea; and
- Dr. Murray Woodbury - AFIF Chair in Specialized Livestock Research and Development Program
Dr. Tom Scott – Chair in:
Feed Processing Technology (Program Framework)
Feed represents the largest single cost factor (65 per cent) in animal production. Advancements in feed processing technology have the ability to reduce this cost through a number of distinct avenues including improving feed quality and nutritional value, decreasing the cost of production and increasing the utilization of local feed ingredients. Combined, these benefits could translate beyond pure economic benefits to positively impact the environment, animal health and food quality. The recent creation of the Feeds Innovation Institute, investments in the Feed Technology Research Facility and the strong core of nutritional research and development within the Department of Animal and Poultry Science stand to benefit substantially from a strong research program focused on feed processing.
Bio Process Engineering (Program Framework)
Saskatchewan has a major cereal, pulse, oilseed and special crops industry, producing high quality grains, mainly for export as primary commodities. Significant potential exists for developing a value-added industry, utilizing plant ingredients for food (including functional foods and nutraceuticals), feed and industrial bio products. There is significant potential to increase the value of these crops by developing new products using the total plant utilization approach. In this concept, all parts of the plant - seed, straw and residue, are used as feedstock for products and applications.