NSAC receives research funding

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BIBLE HILL - The Nova Scotia Agricultural College has received almost $82,000 in research funding to try to benefit the Canadian dairy, sheep and mink sectors.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation funding was announced Wednesday for projects led by David Barrett and Andrew Dacanay.
"Problem-solving research which addresses the leading issues facing agriculture is critical to the future sustainability of the industry," said Richard Donald, NSAC's vice-president of research, extension and outreach. "We are grateful to CFI and our industry partners for investing in the infrastructure required for us to do this work at NSAC."
Barrett and his colleagues will be conducting studies to benefit the dairy and sheep sectors with the objective of improving human health and ruminant reproductive management practices for the production of meat, milk and wool.
Dacanay and his colleagues will be investigating ways to produce a resistant strain of mink to Aleutian disease. In 2007, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced $1.8 million over five years for the college
to develop genetic tools to control Aleutian disease.
NSAC is home to the Canadian Center for Fur Animal Research, which is responsible for half of Canada's annual production of mink pelts.
"Today's announcement is further proof that faculty and student researchers at Nova Scotia Agricultural College have a reputation for excellence in their fields," said Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong. "These funds will help continue this tradition of excellent research right here in Truro."
It is estimated that for every dollar invested directly in research yields more than $7 in economic benefits, including spin-off jobs.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Canadian Center for Fur Animal Research

Geographic location: Canada, Truro

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