Farmers Invest in the Next Generation of Canola Researchers

Each year, two scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in graduate programs with projects studying canola. This year, both recipients have projects which will help Saskatchewan canola farmers with the prevention and mitigation of the effects of clubroot over the long term.

“The goal of SaskCanola’s scholarship program is to invest in the future talent of the canola industry. This investment compliments the research SaskCanola invests in for the benefit of canola production and farm profitability,” stated Lisa Horn, Executive Director of SaskCanola.

“This scholarship has paved the way for young researchers to ensure a promising outlook for canola production and I consider it a privilege to be able to research economic factors that influence crop rotations in western Canada,” expressed Blend Frangu, a recipient of the award.

Frangu’s project titled Uncovering crop rotation practice changes and productivity impacts: Evidence from the Saskatchewan canola farms will examine satellite and farm level data to better understand how crop rotation decisions impact profitability. The research will also look at the impact of using policy mechanisms such as crop insurance to influence on-farm decision making.

“It is an honour to be a part of SaskCanola’s investment in innovative and collaborative research,” stated Kimberly MacKay, “this financial support will provide me more time to share the outcomes of my project in the public space to ultimately benefit the growers who are investing in me.”

The results of MacKay’s project titled Characterizing 3D genome organization in Brassica napus and incorporating 3D spatial information into the identification of complex agronomic traits will contribute to the development of improved canola varieties. This research will provide novel insights into the underlying factors that influence disease resistance and stress tolerance in canola.

Three students – Musharaf Hossain, YanRan Tang, & Zayda Morales – who received the awards in 2018 will be continuing their studies at the University of Saskatchewan in the areas of canola protein in food formulations, clubroot, and microbials on canola seeds.

SaskCanola is a grower-led organization, established in 1991 and supportd by some 23,000 levy-paying Saskatchewan canola growers. SaskCanola’s mandate is to grow producer prosperity through research, policy, and promotion.

For more information, media may contact:
Tracy Broughton, Public Affairs Manager
(306) 715-2052

Back Row from L to R: Kimberley MacKay, YanRan Tang, & Zayda Morales
Front Row: Musharaf Hossain (L) and Blend Frangu (R)