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Strategic Research Program

The ministry has committed to provide funding for the salaries and benefits of the Strategic Research Program chairs for a five-year period. This commitment assures stable funding to facilitate the recruitment and retention of the best research personnel. The chairs are responsible for attracting project funding from programs offered by public and private sectors to support their respective research program.

To provide focus, the ministry has developed a program framework for each chair to define the area of research and key deliverables. Based on the program framework, the ministry and each chair created a five-year research plan. The five-year research plan is used to identify and highlight research activities that will be undertaken in each year of the contract. Each chair provides an annual report for review by a program management team with representation from the ministry and the research institution where the position is housed.

Crop Genetic Improvement
Durum and High-Yield Wheat Breeding and Genetics Dr. Curtis Pozniak
CWRS Wheat, Specialty Wheats and Canaryseed Breeding and Genetics Dr. Pierre Hucl
Cereal and Flax Crop Pathology Dr. Randy Kutcher
Barley and Oat Breeding and Genetics Dr. Aaron Beattie
Flax Breeding and Genetics Dr. Helen Booker
Field Pea Breeding and Genetics Dr. Tom Warkentin
Pulse Crop Pathology Dr. Sabine Banniza
Livestock Development
 Forage Crops Breeding  Dr. Bill Biligetu
 Feed Research and Development  Dr. Peiqiang Yu
 Cow-Calf and Forage Systems  Dr. Bart Lardner
Food and Bioproducts Development
Lipid Quality and Utilization Dr. Martin Reaney
Protein Quality and Utilization Dr. Michael Nickerson
Soils and Environment
Soil Biological Processes Dr. Diane Knight & Dr. Richard Farrell (shared)
Soil Nutrient Management Dr. Jeff Schoenau

The Strategic Research Program was introduced in 1986 through a series of five-year agreements.