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Agriculture Development Fund (ADF)

The Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) supports the growth of the agriculture industry in Saskatchewan. ADF develops solutions to emerging problems that constrain production and value-added processing.

Examples include projects that will:

  • Create more feeding and nutrition options for livestock producers or new crop cultivars for growers;
  • Use Saskatchewan agricultural products as ingredients for food and bioproducts.


$15 million in ADF funding is available annually for public and private researchers. 


1. Eligibility

Any person, business or organization with an idea that may be of practical value to Saskatchewan's agriculture and food industry is encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent.

Eligible expenses

  • Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Technical Assistants
  • Consultant Fees
  • Equipment Rental
  • Materials/Supplies
  • Project Travel (conferences, field work, collaboration/consultation)

Ineligible expenses

Applicants are advised that overhead costs, equipment, and publication costs are not eligible for ADF funding.

Proposed research projects must align with Ministry and industry priorities. 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 Strategic Research Program chairs.


2. Past ADF Research Projects

Research Reports Search

Go to the Research Reports Search page

Ministry of Agriculture's Research Branch (ARB) 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.

3. Current ADF Research Projects

Summaries of Current ADF Projects       

2018 ADF Crop Research Funding - 30 crop‐related research projects - $7,730,038

2018 ADF Livestock and Forage Research Funding - 24 Livestock and Forage-related research projects - $6,364,476

Previous Years Approved ADF Projects - Background summaries of the previous four years approved ADF projects. 


4. Apply

For ADF, the Ministry uses a two-stage application process.  The first stage involves submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI). Principal Investigators who submit LOIs that are accepted are then invited to develop their idea into a full proposal.

  • Letters of Intent: You may submit Letters of Intent between March 1 and April 15. Completed forms must be submitted through the online system.
  • Full Proposal: Successful Letters of Intent will be invited to submit a full application proposal. Completed forms must be submitted through the online system.
  • Visit the online ARB web portal. New applicants click “Register”, existing users click “Login”.

When requesting funding from ADF, where consent is provided, LOI’s and applications may be shared with ADF industry partners. Industry partners will have an opportunity to review any LOI/application that is of interest to them for potential co-funding and/or technical review.

If you require additional information or if a problem occurs please contact the Database Administrator at: 
Phone: (306) 787-5929
Fax: (306) 787-2654

Register or login to the ARB portal

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