PLANS & REPORTS
We want to see Alberta agriculture compete on a global scale. RDAR focuses on better ideas and new technologies, with effective ways to implement them.
We grow from contribution. What began as a series of consultations with farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders throughout Alberta’s agricultural industry has evolved into a new vision for agriculture research. An important conclusion was drawn —that producers, in collaboration with research partners, are best positioned to determine agricultural research priorities.
That’s why RDAR was created, and why transparency and communicating plans are a major pillar of the way we operate. We aim to share as much information with you as we can. Here, you’ll find records and reporting of our Board’s activities and efforts since its inception.
How far we’ve come: A Review of Our First Year
In March 2020, Alberta’s government created RDAR as an arm’s length organization and turned over decision-making on Alberta agriculture research to producers. One year on, RDAR is busy fulfilling our mission ~ to select and approve investments into projects that will increase Alberta’s agriculture and food sector competitiveness. Here is a presentation to let us reflect on all that our young, vibrant organization has accomplished in its first year in business.
Discussion about Extension in Alberta
In January 2021, John Knapp presented a paper to the Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) Board of Directors about coordinating extension services in Alberta. Mr. Knapp’s paper put forward that “Alberta’s extension system is currently disconnected, and that a discussion amongst key players could result in a system that is more effective.”
The Board, recognizing the importance of extension, directed RDAR’s management to hold consultations with industry to see whether there was interest in further discussing a more coordinated approach to extension in Alberta. On February 16th and 17th, 2021 RDAR hosted three ninety-minute consultations. Read the summary report below.
Advisory Committee Presentation
On August 18, RDAR’s Advisory Committee met for the first time. The Committee had the opportunity to meet each others’ representatives and hear from Tom Steve, the Committee’s Co-Chair about RDAR’s progress and status to-date. Dr. Stanford Blade and Clinton Dobson, Chair of RDAR’s Research Committee and Interim Research Director, respectively, presented a “straw dog” of potential research priorities RDAR could pursue initially.
Policy Paper Discussion
This collection of 10 papers were discussed with industry partners in June 2020 over 6 webinars, facilitated by John Knapp. Webinar participants were polled to provide the RDAR Board with advice on how to proceed.