Federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay will be in Saskatchewan on July 12th as part of a cross-Canada agriculture tour.
The minister is scheduled to meet with farmers, processors, and industry leaders during his tour.
He will also participate in rural agricultural events to highlight strategic federal agricultural investments and programs.
The tour got underway in Quebec and wraps up July 17th in B.C. with stops in Saskatchewan, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island.
MacAulay says Canada has almost 200 thousand farmers which generate over 110 billion dollars in economic growth, while employing more Canadians than any other manufacturing industry in the country.
Exports are at 65 billion dollars with a goal of 75 billion dollars by the year 2025.
MacAulay has announced almost 100 thousand dollars will to the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association to increase exports of forages to new and emerging markets.
The announcement was made in New Brunswick.
The Canadian forage and Grasslands Association will use the funds for international trade expos in the U.S. and develop export readiness training.
Canadian forage exports were valued at 360 million dollars last year.
The forage sector generates an annual value of 5 billion dollars as the backbone of the livestock industry, with exports to China, the middle east, the U.S. and Central America.
While in Quebec, MacAulay announced a federal investment of up to 12.7 million dololars to Swine Innovation Porc, a non-profit corporation for research in the Canadian hog industry.
The investment will look at long-distance transport effects on early-weaned pigs, best methods to classify pork by quality, and new ways to feed piglets to provide immunity from diseases.