Dr. Richard Gray

Dr. Richard Gray, Professor, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Richard’s research has examined many aspects of agricultural policy including marketing and grain transportation; in the last few years he has examined agricultural research and innovation systems. He led the Canadian Agricultural Innovation Research Networkfrom 2003 – 2013 and has regularly worked with farm organisations and government on innovation policy. Richard remains actively engaged in the family farm at Indian Head.

“The Returns to Conservation Tillage Research and the Dearth of Funding”: In a recently completed study we found that investing in zero tillage research contributed to a fundamental transformation of cropping systems in western Canada creating substantial environmental and economic benefits. The extremely large benefit cost ratios merit greater investment in similar long run research. However, the lack of property rights, the diversity of the research, and the public nature of many benefits, will limit private investment in similar research. Innovative models are required to prioritize and fund similar future research investment.