Strategic Implications of Domestic/Producer Owned Cereal Plant Breeding (Growing Visions Project)
In the process of MWBGA strategic planning it was identified that the uncertainty and instability of the current variety development system in Canada may be one of the greatest risks for the long-term competitiveness and profitability of wheat and barley production. The concept of producer ownership of varieties and operating a producer-owned plant breeding company has been raised and promoted by some in western Canada. We believed we needed to devote special attention to this subject and applied for and received funding from the GF2 Growing Visions program to assess this issue in more detail.
As we had hoped the project has led us to working with other cereal commissions and grower organizations to more fully evaluate the viability of several options for the producers future role in variety development in Canada.
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