Agricultural research — Critical to success


Agricultural research priorities have changed over the years in response to drivers such as political priorities, scientific progress, markets, producer needs and societal expectations. Agriculture and public research has received declining amounts of funding over the last decade with threats to key research facilities. Basic research and scientific discovery had not been a priority of the previous government, which has jeopardized the ability of Canadian producers to take advantage of new applications and associated productivity improvements. While we have seen a welcome change in direction, investing now in basic agricultural research and innovation positions the industry for continued steady growth long into the future.

A new model for innovation grounded in partnership between stakeholders, including producers and the federal government, will provide the sector with a continuous pipeline of new discoveries and applications to improve the productivity and sustainability of Canadian agriculture. There is a need to involve producers and research stakeholders in providing research policy and investment advice to the federal government.

Both the public and private sectors must also focus efforts on knowledge dissemination, knowledge translation and agricultural extension. Support for agriculture extension services is one way to promote the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through outreach and education. It is crucial that agricultural producers be aware of, able to access and benefit from publically supported research. Organizations that disseminate research results are encouraged to liaise closely between producers, academia and government.

Efforts should be made to track the uptake of new technologies and production methods that have been incorporated into commerce. This could be done in partnership with Statistics Canada, AAFC and industry to compile an annual compilation or identification of which technologies have been successfully applied in Canada. This crucial step will inform prioritization and funding within all stages of the research value chain.

CFA is constantly working to turn these policies into legislation on behalf of Canadian farmers.

Read about our policy goals for research in our Policy Manual

Objectives for Canadian agricultural research

  • Achieve a strong, competitive level of agriculture research in Canada that will provide the technical knowledge, tools, and products for a competitive, innovative and profitable agriculture sector.
  • Develop and maintain a world class agriculture research community.
  • Establish a strong and stable system within Canada that improves coordination, cooperation and communication among all stakeholders in the research value chain.

Four main development stages of the research value chain:

  • Primary Research – Directed at fundamental understanding (e.g. how things work, why they are the way they are);
  • Applied Research – Directed at taking fundamental knowledge from primary research to practice (e.g. a specific market or client-driven purpose to solve a practical problem);
  • Establish a strong and stable system within Canada that improves coordination, cooperation and communication among all stakeholders in the research value chain.
  • Innovation – The leap that brings applied research within reach of the end user; and,
  • Application – The point at which the research result impacts the end user.

Only by focusing funding to all of these four stages will this method be successful.




Research


Agricultural Research — Critical to Success

Agricultural research priorities have changed over the years in response to drivers such as political priorities, scientific progress, markets, producer needs and societal expectations. Agriculture and public research has received declining amounts of funding over the last decade with threats to key research facilities. Basic research and scientific discovery had not been a priority of the previous government, which has jeopardized the ability of Canadian producers to take advantage of new applications and associated productivity improvements. While we have seen a welcome change in direction, investing now in basic agricultural research and innovation positions the industry for continued steady growth long into the future.

A new model for innovation grounded in partnership between stakeholders, including producers and the federal government, will provide the sector with a continuous pipeline of new discoveries and applications to improve the productivity and sustainability of Canadian agriculture. There is a need to involve producers and research stakeholders in providing research policy and investment advice to the federal government.


CFA objectives Canadian agricultural research

  • Achieve a strong, competitive level of agriculture research in Canada that will provide the technical knowledge, tools, and products for a competitive, innovative and profitable agriculture sector.
  • Develop and maintain a world class agriculture research community.
  • Establish a strong and stable system within Canada that improves coordination, cooperation and communication among all stakeholders in the research value chain.

Four main development stages of the research value chain:

  • Primary Research – Directed at fundamental understanding (e.g. how things work, why they are the way they are);
  • Applied Research – Directed at taking fundamental knowledge from primary research to practice (e.g. a specific market or client-driven purpose to solve a practical problem);
  • Establish a strong and stable system within Canada that improves coordination, cooperation and communication among all stakeholders in the research value chain.
  • Innovation – The leap that brings applied research within reach of the end user; and,
  • Application – The point at which the research result impacts the end user.

Only by focusing funding to all of these four stages will this method be successful.


Principles for agricultural research

  1. Agricultural researchers and stakeholders must be partners in setting the direction of agricultural research
  2. Investment must be appropriately allocated throughout the research value chain
  3. Research investment within the final stages of the research value chain should maximize the benefits for primary producers and other stakeholders
  4. Agriculture research investment must have clear and transparent reporting to ensure accountability to stakeholders
  5. Application – The point at which the research result impacts the end user.

Both the public and private sectors must also focus efforts on knowledge dissemination, knowledge translation and agricultural extension. Support for agriculture extension services is one way to promote the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through outreach and education. It is crucial that agricultural producers be aware of, able to access and benefit from publically supported research. Organizations that disseminate research results are encouraged to liaise closely between producers, academia and government.
Efforts should be made to track the uptake of new technologies and production methods that have been incorporated into commerce. This could be done in partnership with Statistics Canada, AAFC and industry to compile an annual compilation or identification of which technologies have been successfully applied in Canada. This crucial step will inform prioritization and funding within all stages of the research value chain.
CFA is constantly working to turn these policies into legislation on behalf of Canadian farmers.


Read more about our policy on research in the CFA Policy Manual

Research


Agricultural Research — Critical to Success

Agricultural research priorities have changed over the years in response to drivers such as political priorities, scientific progress, markets, producer needs and societal expectations. Agriculture and public research has received declining amounts of funding over the last decade with threats to key research facilities. Basic research and scientific discovery had not been a priority of the previous government, which has jeopardized the ability of Canadian producers to take advantage of new applications and associated productivity improvements. While we have seen a welcome change in direction, investing now in basic agricultural research and innovation positions the industry for continued steady growth long into the future.

A new model for innovation grounded in partnership between stakeholders, including producers and the federal government, will provide the sector with a continuous pipeline of new discoveries and applications to improve the productivity and sustainability of Canadian agriculture. There is a need to involve producers and research stakeholders in providing research policy and investment advice to the federal government.


CFA objectives Canadian agricultural research

  • Achieve a strong, competitive level of agriculture research in Canada that will provide the technical knowledge, tools, and products for a competitive, innovative and profitable agriculture sector.
  • Develop and maintain a world class agriculture research community.
  • Establish a strong and stable system within Canada that improves coordination, cooperation and communication among all stakeholders in the research value chain.

Four main development stages of the research value chain:

  • Primary Research – Directed at fundamental understanding (e.g. how things work, why they are the way they are);
  • Applied Research – Directed at taking fundamental knowledge from primary research to practice (e.g. a specific market or client-driven purpose to solve a practical problem);
  • Establish a strong and stable system within Canada that improves coordination, cooperation and communication among all stakeholders in the research value chain.
  • Innovation – The leap that brings applied research within reach of the end user; and,
  • Application – The point at which the research result impacts the end user.

Only by focusing funding to all of these four stages will this method be successful.


Principles for agricultural research

  1. Agricultural researchers and stakeholders must be partners in setting the direction of agricultural research
  2. Investment must be appropriately allocated throughout the research value chain
  3. Research investment within the final stages of the research value chain should maximize the benefits for primary producers and other stakeholders
  4. Agriculture research investment must have clear and transparent reporting to ensure accountability to stakeholders
  5. Application – The point at which the research result impacts the end user.

Both the public and private sectors must also focus efforts on knowledge dissemination, knowledge translation and agricultural extension. Support for agriculture extension services is one way to promote the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through outreach and education. It is crucial that agricultural producers be aware of, able to access and benefit from publically supported research. Organizations that disseminate research results are encouraged to liaise closely between producers, academia and government.
Efforts should be made to track the uptake of new technologies and production methods that have been incorporated into commerce. This could be done in partnership with Statistics Canada, AAFC and industry to compile an annual compilation or identification of which technologies have been successfully applied in Canada. This crucial step will inform prioritization and funding within all stages of the research value chain.
CFA is constantly working to turn these policies into legislation on behalf of Canadian farmers.


Read more about our policy on research in the CFA Policy Manual

Research


Agricultural Research — Critical to Success

Agricultural research priorities have changed over the years in response to drivers such as political priorities, scientific progress, markets, producer needs and societal expectations. Agriculture and public research has received declining amounts of funding over the last decade with threats to key research facilities. Basic research and scientific discovery had not been a priority of the previous government, which has jeopardized the ability of Canadian producers to take advantage of new applications and associated productivity improvements. While we have seen a welcome change in direction, investing now in basic agricultural research and innovation positions the industry for continued steady growth long into the future.

A new model for innovation grounded in partnership between stakeholders, including producers and the federal government, will provide the sector with a continuous pipeline of new discoveries and applications to improve the productivity and sustainability of Canadian agriculture. There is a need to involve producers and research stakeholders in providing research policy and investment advice to the federal government.


CFA objectives Canadian agricultural research

  • Achieve a strong, competitive level of agriculture research in Canada that will provide the technical knowledge, tools, and products for a competitive, innovative and profitable agriculture sector.
  • Develop and maintain a world class agriculture research community.
  • Establish a strong and stable system within Canada that improves coordination, cooperation and communication among all stakeholders in the research value chain.

Four main development stages of the research value chain:

  • Primary Research – Directed at fundamental understanding (e.g. how things work, why they are the way they are);
  • Applied Research – Directed at taking fundamental knowledge from primary research to practice (e.g. a specific market or client-driven purpose to solve a practical problem);
  • Establish a strong and stable system within Canada that improves coordination, cooperation and communication among all stakeholders in the research value chain.
  • Innovation – The leap that brings applied research within reach of the end user; and,
  • Application – The point at which the research result impacts the end user.

Only by focusing funding to all of these four stages will this method be successful.


Principles for agricultural research

  1. Agricultural researchers and stakeholders must be partners in setting the direction of agricultural research
  2. Investment must be appropriately allocated throughout the research value chain
  3. Research investment within the final stages of the research value chain should maximize the benefits for primary producers and other stakeholders
  4. Agriculture research investment must have clear and transparent reporting to ensure accountability to stakeholders
  5. Application – The point at which the research result impacts the end user.

Both the public and private sectors must also focus efforts on knowledge dissemination, knowledge translation and agricultural extension. Support for agriculture extension services is one way to promote the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through outreach and education. It is crucial that agricultural producers be aware of, able to access and benefit from publically supported research. Organizations that disseminate research results are encouraged to liaise closely between producers, academia and government.
Efforts should be made to track the uptake of new technologies and production methods that have been incorporated into commerce. This could be done in partnership with Statistics Canada, AAFC and industry to compile an annual compilation or identification of which technologies have been successfully applied in Canada. This crucial step will inform prioritization and funding within all stages of the research value chain.
CFA is constantly working to turn these policies into legislation on behalf of Canadian farmers.


Read more about our policy on research in the CFA Policy Manual