Agriculture And Innovation

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay. (Submitted photo)

Agriculture meets science and innovation in the latest government highlight.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay highlighted the millions of dollars that the recent budget has in it for the next few years.

The 2017 budget proposes to invest $70 million over six years to further support agricultural discovery science and innovation. The focus of this research will be on addressing emerging priorities, such as climate change and soil and water conservation.

MacAulay highlighted the combined investments of $100 million, along with other funds committed in Budget 2017 that will boost innovation in Canada, and help the agriculture sector be more competitive and sustainable.

This includes setting an ambitious target to grow agri-food exports to at least $75 billion annually by 2025.

According to national statistcs, the agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver of the Canadian economy, supplying 1 in 8 jobs.