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Alberta agriculture groups raise concerns about provincial cuts

Poultry, livestock research could be affected.


The Alberta government is looking at ways to change how it conducts agriculture research at the same time it has laid off some of the staff doing that work.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen is holding public consultations on what he calls “farmer-led research,” where producers set the priorities for government research.

This has raised concerns among agriculture groups about job cuts and the possible privatization of research.

Dreeshen’s ministry laid off 50 employees before Christmas; about a dozen were involved with agricultural research.

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