The Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) was created to fund research to help farmers and ranchers become successful. The core of ADF provides funding for basic and applied agriculture research projects in crops, livestock, forages, processing, soils, environment, horticulture, and alternative crops. It provides project funding of nearly $14 million per year on a competitive basis to researchers in public and private research and development organizations, selected on the basis of their research’s potential to create growth opportunities or enhance the competitiveness of the provincial agriculture industry.
The funding is provided to create future growth opportunities and to enhance the competitiveness of the provincial agriculture industry. This investment results in new knowledge, information and choices of technologies for producers and food processors, including feed and nutrition information for ranchers, and new crop cultivars and production information for farmers.
Apply for the Agriculture Development Fund
The Agriculture Development Fund is a two-phase process, consisting of Letters of Intent (LOI) followed by full proposal applications. Please see the Agriculture Development Fund program page for details on eligibility and to how to apply.
The Ministry of Agriculture's focus for research and development investments is the long-term sustainability of the agriculture sector in Saskatchewan. Therefore, the Ministry has taken an outcome based approach, targeting ADF to achieve the following outcomes:
- New crops and/or cultivars meeting market demands and consumer preferences
- Increased livestock competitiveness
- Optimized livestock feeding systems
- New and innovative food, bioproducts, and processing technologies
- Improved food quality
- Innovative and sustainable farming systems and practices
- Enhanced adaptive capacity of the Provincial soil and ecosystem resources
- Utilization of biotechnology to enhance agriculture and value-added production
- Decreased agricultural production risks
In addition to the above mentioned outcomes, the Ministry of Agriculture has also identified some specific outputs and priorities for each of the 15 Strategic Research Program chairs.
Research Reports Search
Go to the Research Reports Search page
Ministry of Agriculture's Research Branch maintains an archive of all ADF funded research projects. Here you can search for projects funded by the following programs:
- Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) started in 1984 and continues to provide funding for research.
- Beef Development Fund (BDF) was administered by Saskatchewan Agriculture between 1995 and 2004.
- Agri-Food Innovation Fund (AFIF) was administered by Saskatchewan Agriculture between 1997 and 2005.
- Tech Adoption and Demo (TAD) was administered by Saskatchewan Agriculture between 1998 and 2001.
- Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) started in 2009 and continues to fund demonstration projects.
- Saskatchewan Agri-Value Initiative (SAVI) formerly operated as the Agri-Value Program.