University of Saskatchewan

August 30, 2014   

Agriculture and Bioresources

Saskatoon is a leading centre for agricultural research, home to a significant cluster of research organizations and industry whose focus is on agriculture, the environment, biotechnology and value-added processing of agricultural products.

The University of Saskatchewan is the oldest partner in this cluster, which in addition to being the site of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, is also the location of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization.  Other Colleges on the Campus are also significant contributors to scholarly work in Agriculture and related areas in various ways.  Both  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Plant Biotechnology Institute of the National Research Council are also located on the campus.

Adjacent to the campus is Innovation Place which houses the Saskatchewan Research Council, the National Hydrology Research Centre, Ag-West Bio, Genome Prairie, the Proteins Oils and Starch pilot plant and the Bioprocessing plant.  The provincial government, through Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, is also an important member of this cluster and an important partner of the University of Saskatchewan.   

Almost half of Canada's arable land (46.5 million acres) is found in Saskatchewan. Farm gate receipts total $5.4 billion a year, with value-added processing and spin-off agricultural activities adding many more millions of dollars annually.  Research in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources is focused on five areas:

  • Sustainable Production Systems
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Safe Food Supply
  • Bioproducts from Agricultural Materials
  • Rural Communities

Leading-edge research in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources helps the Saskatchewan economy to stay globally competitive and to find ways to provide society’s needs for Food, Feed, Fuel and Fibre in an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner.