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U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

Reading Time: 4 minutes Chicago/New York | Reuters — As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern U.S., some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps — importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing and commodities […] Read more

Gluten-free tortilla rounds, from left: control, Yellow Pea, Chick Pea, Pinto Bean, Navy Bean, Green Lentil.

A gluten-free market for pulses

A new Cigi project may help western pulses tap into growing nutritional demand

Reading Time: 3 minutes The use of pulses as ingredients to improve nutritional levels in gluten-free commercial food products is the focus of a four-year project that began last April at Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute). Gluten-free products have been on the radar for the pulse industry for some time, says Heather Maskus, project manager for pulse flour milling […] Read more


Grow it or lose it

IP soybeans are at a crossroads. We need to grow more, but will the higher premiums drive Japanese buyers away?

Reading Time: 5 minutes On a sunny morning, early last September, a large crowd of growers gathered for an open-house event at Ceresco, a major soybean-specialized seed company and exporter in Quebec. After touring the plots, groups sat in a shed for a talk about the IP soybean market with co-owner Thierry Gripon. Gripon had a few public confessions […] Read more

Gravelle put on 17,000 km a month shipping to Alberta processors. More irrigation, he says, would mean local processing.

“Let’s make some food”

Canada has enormous potential to increase irrigation in Saskatchewan. So why is so little happening?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Using only 20 per cent of the available supply, there is enough water running through Saskatchewan’s Gardiner Dam at Lake Diefenbaker to irrigate half a million acres. The potential for farm diversification and value-added processing would add billions to the national agriculture economy and cement Canada’s role in feeding a hungry world. And the other […] Read more