Canadian National Wheat Cluster:
The CWRC is administering the Canadian National Wheat Cluster, which consists of a group of industry-led research projects submitted by various research institutions (universities and AAFC research centres) aimed at ensuring profitability for producers and long-term sustainability of wheat in the cropping rotation. The Wheat Cluster program runs from 2018 to 2023.
Worth nearly $25 million over five years, projects funded through the Wheat Cluster will address common issues that farmers face and will lead to improved varieties and agronomic practices.
Funding for the Wheat Cluster will come from AAFC through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience program and 10 producer and private organizations from across Canada. The Wheat Cluster will be administered by the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC), which includes the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA).
Successor programming to Core Wheat Breeding Agreements with western universities/research facilities:
In 2019/2020, the CWRC will become the negotiating body / funding organization for the core wheat breeding agreement renewals that are currently in place with the western universities (University of Alberta, University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan) and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research facilities. These agreements provide core funding to these research programs that cover a five-year timeframe.
Other joint research opportunities that may arise:
In future, the CWRC may see merit in funding other potential regional and national research and development activities related to wheat that are beneficial to all members.