The Grain Crop Protection and Research Initiative will support the competitiveness and stability of producers within Alberta's crop sectors. Proposals will be selected that can clearly demonstrate production enhancement, production security, improved genetics, and support to specific scale-up processing opportunities. Focus Areas:1.Integrated crop management, including pest and disease management. 2.Varietal research in major Alberta crops. 3.Plant health diagnostics and quality/characteristic assessment technologies.4.Industry-related development utilizing biopolymer and cereal protein scale-up facilities and associated by-product streamsObjectives:1.The first objective of this initiative is to improve the competitiveness of Alberta's various crop industries through: a.Production security through pest and disease control and preventionb.Improvements to the crop itself, through continued development of varieties, traits, and relationships between the varieties and production technologies. Improvements are defined as yield and quality characteristics for established markets.c.Development of rapid quality and characteristic determination technologies (ie: NIRS)2.Continued development of ACIDF supported scale-up facilities utilizing grain crops. Priority is given to those activities with direct partnership with companies and a clearly defined path to market. Funding: Original: $12 million Notional Allocation:Integrated crop management$3 millionVarietal and genetic research$3 millionPlant health and diagnostics$4 millionIndustry and scale-up related$2 millionACIDF Deliverables:1.Integrated crop management (projects, tools, improved management techniques)2.Varietal research in established Alberta crops (varieties released and/or crop traits developed)3.Plant health diagnostics and quality/characteristic assessment technologies (tools, calibrations, surveys, or monitoring events)4.Industry-related scale-up development (products, process enhancements and refinements to processes)
Focus on Yield SecurityFund 2012 is an investment in consistent year-to-year productivity. To be internationally competitive, Alberta needs to supply a reliable amount of product of consistent quality. To do that, this initiative looks at integrated crop management with a particular focus on pests and diseases.Preference will be given to major established crops produced in Alberta. Grains are defined as those cereals, oilseeds, and pulses that are strongly adapted to Alberta soil zones, and have established markets in the province. Investment from industry sources, while not a hard prerequisite, will be considered an advantage in all applications.