Saskatoon, SK: A unique alliance has given seven high-potential prairie crops some much-deserved research attention. The Diverse Field Crops Cluster (DFCC) supports the research and development of camelina, canary seed, flax, hemp, mustard, quinoa, and sunflower.

DFCC activities focus on agronomy, variety development, and value-add initiatives. A new series of ‘research snapshots’ describe the 16 different activities at the half-way mark in the five-year program. DFCC is managed by Ag-West Bio with funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program and industry partners.

Karen Churchill, president and CEO of Ag-West Bio says Ag-West Bio is pleased to provide support to DFCC. “This is an important program that aligns industry and researchers and opens new opportunities for producers.”

DFCC Project Manager Carol Ann Patterson says the snapshots illustrate the hard work of researchers, cluster members and industry partners. “The articles shed light on the research behind innovative and unique Canadian crops.”

The crops are represented by Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, Smart Earth Camelina Corporation, Manitoba Crop Alliance, Mustard 21 Canada Inc, and Northern Quinoa Production Corporation.

For more information and to read the research snapshots visit the Diverse Field Crops Cluster website.



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Jackie Robin
Communications Director
Ag-West Bio
306 668-2656

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