FAQ

Is PAMI government funded?

When created in 1975, PAMI was mainly government funded with a mandate to evaluate farm machinery and provide an evaluation report for each machine.

In 1985, prompted by agricultural diversification and the high cost of machinery evaluation, PAMI assumed responsibility for earning much of its revenue from fee-for-service work, resulting in government funding accounting for 30 per cent and fee-for-service work accounting for about 70 per cent of PAMI’s annual budget.

Why does PAMI no longer evaluate farm equipment?

While very popular, the evaluation program was costly. Although the program was historically funded with grants from the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Departments of Agriculture, due to budget constraints, grants were reduced and unable to support any significant evaluation programs. After unsuccessfully searching for alternative funding, around1985, PAMI discontinued its grant-funded machine evaluation program. PAMI maintains its strong capability to conduct evaluations, but projects must now be client funded (producer groups, manufacturers or funding agencies). While few evaluations are commissioned, about one client project is conducted
each year.

Since discontinuing evaluations, PAMI has refocused its efforts into more practical services of applied research and machinery-development projects.

What is PAMI doing for me, the farmer?

PAMI conducts about 100 projects each year for the Saskatchewan and Manitoba agricultural sectors to address new challenges. These projects generally focus either on applied research or machinery development.

Applied research projects are usually done for producer groups to help them capitalize on new opportunities or overcome new challenges. These projects apply new technologies for agriculture in areas like value-added processing, hog-manure management, and innovative-livestock initiatives. These projects commonly generate publications such as research updates or guidebooks.

Check out our Equipment Report Index for examples, such as:

Listings of all PAMI reports, downloadable reports, producer information, and information links are available under our Resource Library pull-down menu.

PAMI’s research library is available to help farmers find obsolete machinery parts or conduct Internet searches to find needed information.

Machinery development projects are usually done directly for manufacturers with the focus on producing more efficient and effective machinery for the ever-changing needs of agriculture. These projects also include adapting machinery developed elsewhere to ideally suit our Saskatchewan and Manitoba farming conditions.

While this program’s benefits of are not highly visible, they provide significant benefits to farmers as end users of these improved and adapted machines. Two examples of recent machines developed with PAMI’s help are:

  • The Agland Hay Macerator (Arborg, Manitoba) which greatly reduces hay drying time
  • The Highline Top Gun (Vonda, Saskatchewan) which covers hog manure lagoons with straw to control odour.

What kind of services does PAMI offer industry clients?

PAMI is an applied research, development, and testing organization that is ISO 9001:2008 registered.

Our staff work with manufacturers, producer groups, and individuals in design, fabrication, prototyping, and testing. Staff travel across Canada and around the world as needed to work with the machinery in different crop situations.

PAMI can offer:

  •  Testing services done in the lab or field
  • Prototype machinery development
  • Design services
  • Facilities that include a fabrication shop and secure lab
  • Select cooperators’ site, and off-road track
  • Reporting expertise that includes detail documentation, data analysis, formal reporting, and presentations
  • Confidentiality and security suited to each client’s needs
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Assistance in planning projects, including proposal and budget development

Why does PAMI provide services to industry clients outside of the agricultural sector?

Many of the research and development techniques, technologies, processes and expertise PAMI uses to serve its agricultural clients, are commonly used in other industrial sectors, making for an easy knowledge transfer to a diversity of projects. These non-agricultural projects are all fee-for-service, which helps PAMI generate necessary revenue to maintain its professional and technical staff and infrastructure to serve its primary agricultural mandate. The agricultural sector alone does not generate sufficient projects each year to effectively maintain PAMI’s operations at a level sufficient to provide the quality and diversity needed.

Working on external projects also provides exposure to other technologies and approaches, that combined with “outside the box” thinking, may be adaptable or applicable to agricultural uses.

What is PAMI’s relationship with Western Beef and Westest?

Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) became a division of PAMI in 2005 and became our third operational division alongside our Saskatchewan and Manitoba divisions. This allows PAMI to build on the synergies between livestock, crops and our engineering expertise. WBDC began as a joint operation of the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture.

Westest is a company with an independent board of directors with assets
managed by PAMI .

How does PAMI serve the livestock sector?

The Western Beef Development Centre, a PAMI Division, focuses on all aspects of cow/calf operations to improve efficiency and profitability of the Western Canadian cattle industry.

PAMI’s direct service to the livestock sector mainly focuses in two areas of manure management for cattle, swine and poultry operations:

  1. Working with industry to research and develop economical, sustainable and environmentally responsible manure management strategies and methods.
  2. Employing manure as a key ingredient in biodigesters to produce methane gas as a renewable energy source.

How does PAMI handle intellectual property?

PAMI considers intellectual property to be solely owned by its individual clients and uses that information and knowledge only for conducting projects with and for that client.