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Agriculture adaptive research supported by Province (00/07/27)

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July 27, 2000

HARTLAND (CNB) -- The New Brunswick Adaptive Research Partnership Initiative has contributed over $350,000 to a total of 27 projects in the current fiscal year, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Paul Robichaud announced today.

The objective of the initiative is to stimulate the development and adaptation of innovative technology by the New Brunswick agricultural industry.

"We want to establish a framework to encourage industry-driven adaptive research in the agri-food sector that will improve competitiveness and profitability, increase value-added and rural business opportunities and contribute to environmental sustainability," Robichaud said.

To be eligible, the 27 successful applicants had to show that the adaptive research activities take place in the province and that they have a direct strategic benefit to the agri-food industry. The eligible applicants are New Brunswick commodity or industry organizations, primary producers and agri-businesses.

The research activities are conducted for the purposes of evaluating or improving promising and innovative technology, as well as promoting and adopting proven technology for agriculture.

The projects address issues in crop and livestock production, including a DNA fingerprint database of the different New Brunswick potato varieties, cereal and forage development trials and weed management for cranberries.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture enters into a partnership with the applicants as they are required to make cash or in-kind contributions to the cost of the project.  The total cost of the projects is $816,000 with partners paying about 57 per cent of the cost.

The New Brunswick Adaptive Research Partnership Initiative is funded under the Total Development Fund managed by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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EDITOR'S NOTE -- Following is a description and cost of the 27 projects. MEDIA CONTACT:  Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.

List of Projects

The following projects are supported by the New Brunswick Adaptive Research Partnership Initiative in 2000-2001. The information is presented in the following order: project title; project location; applicant/partner; applicant/partner location; total project cost; contribution from the Initiative.

1. SPUDTECH 1998 B - Potato cultivar and technology evaluation trials; Hartland; NB Potato Agency; Florenceville; $35,365; $24,315

2. Hybrid canola seed production/harvest management study; Woodstock to Grand Falls; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $40,000; $25,000

3. Development and refinement of flavonoid extraction technology for development of wild blueberry-based, natural phytochemical products; Truro, NS (NSAC); Vaccinium Technologies Inc.; Fredericton; $49,000; $24,000

4. NB cereal crop development trials; Woodstock; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $40,970; $24,970

5. Potato post-harvest test: acceptance of laboratory ELISA results - year 2; Fredericton; Agricultural Certification Services Inc.; Fredericton; $13,706; $9,595

6. Forage and corn cultivar evaluation in Atlantic Canada; Woodstock; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $42,000; $24,898

7. Establishment of DNA fingerprint database of NB potato varieties; Fredericton; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Fredericton; $52,581; $24,831

8. Development of a nitrogen test for potato production; Fredericton and Grand Falls; NB Potato Agency; Florenceville; $88,843; $19,500

9. Development and evaluation of forage crop management systems - Phase III; Woodstock, Sussex, Moncton and Chignecto; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $36,701; $23,309

10. SPUDTECH 1998 A - Accelerated French fry clone evaluation; Hartland and Grand Falls; NB Potato Agency; Florenceville; $13,170; $8,870

11. NB winter cereal and oilseed development trials; Woodstock; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $36,690; $23,940

12. Weed management in cranberry; Truro,NS and Maugerville; NS Agricultural College; Truro, NS; $59,404; $18,962

13. New Brunswick productivity and competitiveness team soil fertility; Pennfield and Salisbury; NB Blueberry Growers Association; Fredericton; $13,923; $10,478

14. Impact of tillage and buffers on runoff from fall application of liquid hog manure; Bouctouche; Agri-Conservation Club; Bouctouche; $5,540; $2,540

15. Evaluation-demonstration of alternative cultures and direct seeding for domestic and leaf-cutting bees; Acadian Peninsula; Fédération des agriculteurs du Nord-Est; Tracadie-Sheila; $12,763; $7,063

16. Moisture conservation benefits of organic mulches to potato/horticultural production systems; Cap Pelé; Fédération des Agriculteurs du Sud-Est du NB; Cap Pelé; $12,329; $3,489

17. Use of fibre clay to reduce nitrate leaching in potato fields; Fredericton; Potato Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Fredericton, $32,164; $10,264

18. SPUDTECH 2000 - Seed potato source susceptibility to potato virus Y (PVYo); Fredericton; NB Potato Agency; Florenceville; $9,000; $6,270

19. Reducing phosphate fertilizer on potatoes cropped to soils having very high ranges of phosphorus values; Drummond and Saint-André; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $10,329; $6,172

20. Evaluation of Kura clover varieties in mixture with grasses under Atlantic Canada Climate; Charlottetown,PEI, Nappan,NS and Moncton; Moncton Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Moncton; $8,772; $3,472

21. Forage legume establishment in Atlantic Canada; Woodstock; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $26,956; $5,000

22. Evaluation of processing grains for organic production; Speerville; Maritime Certified Organic Growers Co-op; Speerville; $23,620; $1,160

23. Hog mortalities management; Truro, NS; NS Agricultural College; Truro, NS; $32,500; $15,750

24. Effects of time and methods of liquid manure application on nitrogen and phosphorus availability to forages and pastures; Edmundston, Wicklow, Sussex and Moncton; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $4,999; $3,348

25. Evaluation of soil amendment additions on crop persistence, yield and quality in New Brunswick; Sussex and Nappan, NS; Kings County Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Sussex Corner; $26,188; $10,688

25. Evaluation of Kura clover varieties in pure stand under New Brunswick climate; Moncton; NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Fredericton; $18,240; $8,540

27. Controlling Phytophthora infestans and other field and storage pathogens of potato; Fredericton; Maritime MicroBiologicals; Fredericton; $70,046; $25,000

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