The Government of Ontario is investing $7.25 million in University of Guelph research to help advance a competitive and sustainable agri-food sector in Ontario and around the world.
The 50 projects funded through the Ontario Agri-Food innovation Alliance—a collaboration between the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)—focus on a range of topics, from new packaging to lengthen the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables to supplements that improve cattle gut health and performance to research that looks at climate change, mental health, and gender.
“As Canada’s Food University, the University of Guelph is committed to working with farmers, business leaders, and government partners to advance a sustainable and competitive agri-food sector at home in Ontario and around the world,” said president Dr. Charlotte Yates.
“OMAFRA’s investment in U of G’s world-class research faculty will deliver innovative solutions that improve life on farms, in small businesses, and along the links of the agri-food value chain.”
Helping Ontario’s agri-food sector grow and innovate
The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance supports the people, places, and programs that deliver Ontario agri-food solutions with global impact.
“Some of the most advanced agri-food research in the world is happening right here in Ontario, and our government is proud to support made-in-Ontario solutions that will keep rural communities strong, make our food safer, and strengthen our food supply system during the economic recovery period,” said Lisa Thompson, minister of agriculture, food, and rural affairs.
“Through our partnership with the University of Guelph, we are helping Ontario’s agri-food sector grow and innovate so that farmers can remain competitive on a global scale and Ontario can continue to be a leader in agri-food.”
Projects will take place in labs and fields across Ontario. Many of the projects will take place at Ontario’s agri-food research centers, a network of 14 sites across the province that provides a platform for research and innovation.
“The breadth and diversity of projects supported through the Alliance demonstrate the extensive expertise and commitment of the U of G research community to work with partners across the agri-food sector to deliver impactful innovations for the people of Ontario,” said Dr. Malcolm Campbell, vice president (research).
The projects focus on four research categories: environmental stewardship and food safety, economic and rural development, animal health and welfare, and plant health and protection. Projects will support the work of 110 U of G researchers and 102 collaborators from outside the University as well as the development of 194 highly qualified personnel.
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