South Korea Lifting Temporary Suspension On Canadian Beef Imports

On Wednesday, Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed that South Korea is lifting the temporary suspension on Canada beef imports imposed last month after the discovery of an atypical BSE case in Alberta.

China and the Philippines also implemented temporary suspensions.

 

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Protein Industries Canada’s 25th Technology Announcement Focuses On Plant-Based Cheese

On Tuesday, Protein Industries Canada announced a new project that will leverage the combined strengths of Lumi Foods (legacy brand Blue Heron Creamery), Winecrush Technology and Save-On-Foods to enhance Canada’s plant-based cheese market.

This includes developing new products, as well as giving them a more prominent placement in grocery stores across the country.

“This new project truly showcases the innovation happening right now in Canada. With this innovation, we will be able to provide locally made food options for Canadians looking for dairy-free options or who follow a plant-based diet. The Protein Industries Supercluster’s investment in this project will assure us that we are producing the next generation of plant-based cheese, here in Canada,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

The partners will use Lumi Foods’ cultured cheesemaking methods—which enables the continued use of the term “cheese”—to create a new line of plant-based cheeses made from Canadian-grown crops, including oats, legumes and pulses. Most plant-based cheeses are currently made from ingredients sourced outside of Canada.

“It takes true dedication to evolve a sector, and that’s exactly what’s happening with this project,” said Protein Industries Canada CEO Bill Greuel. “Lumi Foods, Save-On-Foods and Winecrush Technology are proving that through innovation and collaboration, new plant-based products, specifically cheese, can be made with Canadian-grown ingredients – a first for Canada. It is through innovation like this that our country will become a world-leader in the production of plant-based foods, helping us reach our goal of $25 billion in sales by 2035. Plant-based products are healthy, nutritious and delicious it’s time they’re also easy to find in grocery stores.”

Once developed, the plant-based cheeses will be sold in Save-On-Foods locations across Canada, specifically in deli sections.

“This funding allows us to fully embrace the work of a decade,” said CEO and co-founder of Lumi Foods Karen McAthy. “With this funding, we can further develop and advance plant-based and animalfree dairy alternatives, and importantly, do so on an expedited timeline while working with Canadian grown ingredients and solutions. I would like to acknowledge our partners in this consortium: Winecrush, an innovator closing the loop on wine industry waste, and retail partner Save-On-Foods, for their forward thinking in creating space within their deli section for plant-based cheese. As a consortium, we aim to work to create a new cheese culture for all Canadians.”

This will be the first time plant-based cheeses will be alongside dairy cheeses. To help ensure the plant-based cheeses are shelf-stable for longer lengths of time, Winecrush Technology will test shelf-extending ingredients in the recipes, including dietary fibre and unsaturated fatty acids.

“We are pleased to partner with Protein Industries Canada, Lumi Foods and Save-On-Foods as worldclass partners to create the next generation of plant-based cheese,” said Winecrush Technology Chief Executive Officer Kirk Moir. “Our mission is to valorize agricultural sidestreams with the power of fermentation. We are advancing the performance of our patent-pending upcycling process focused on the power of polyphenols to produce transformational food ingredients that enable plant-based food producers to close critical gaps in taste, texture, price and clean-label nutrition. Working with this consortium, we are working to address key requirements focused on shelf life extension, an increasingly important consideration in our global food chain including plant-based cheese.”

The partners will work with the University of Alberta to perform complimentary research, focused on identifying strains of microbes that can be specialized for plant-based cheesemaking. This research will help improve the flavour, structure and aroma of plant-based cheeses, meeting consumer demand for plant-based products that are healthy and sustainable while also tasting delicious.

The partners have together invested $5.4 million into the project, with Protein Industries Canada investing an additional $5.4 million. The total project co-investment is $10.8 million.

This is Protein Industries Canada’s 25th technology announcement, and their 31st overall. Together with industry, they’ve invested more than $451 million into Canada’s plant-based food, feed and ingredients ecosystem.

Seed Summit Set For February

A Seed Summit will be held February 7,14, and 22 to discuss the future of the seed regulatory system in Canada.

The Summit, initiated by Seeds Canada and presented in collaboration with partners along the agricultural value chain, welcomes all stakeholders and users of seed to join the sessions.

To date, the Seed Summit 2022 partners include: Cereals Canada, Canola Council of Canada, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canadian Horticultural Council, Western Canadian Wheat Growers, Soy Canada, Grains Farmers of Ontario, and the Ontario Agri-Business Association.

In a news release, Seeds Canada stated:

"Canada’s seed regulatory system has not seen significant change in decades and the Seed Regulatory Modernization process is a once in a generation opportunity to influence positive change.

How seed is grown, processed, and sold has changed profoundly and now is the time to ensure the regulatory framework reflects this too. It is vital that these changes reflect today’s realities and support future advancements.

The Summit has been organized to help understand what those changes need to be.

The discussions will help build a foundation for input and recommendations regarding what is needed by asking questions, such as: "What do growers and end users need from the seed system in Canada?"; “Is the current system supporting innovation and advancement?”; “What role should government play in the relationship between seed seller and seed buyer?”.

Over the course of the three sessions, Summit attendees will hear from a range of speakers who will delve further into these issues and open the discussion to the stakeholders and participants.

The seed sector cannot address these issues alone – nor should it as stakeholders along the value chain are all impacted by regulatory changes - which is why the Summit is encouraging all stakeholders to collaborate in helping shape the future of the seed sector and the sustainability of Canadian agriculture by ensuring we have the regulatory framework in place to do so."

To register for the event and for more information, visit www.seedsummit.ca.

New Agriculture Minister Named In Manitoba Cabinet Shuffle

 

During a cabinet shuffle announced Tuesday, Premier Heather Stefanson revealed that Interlake-Gimli MLA Derek Johnson is replacing Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler.

Johnson was previously Minister of Municipal Relations.

Eichler took over the role of Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development in July of 2021. He also served as Agriculture Minister from 2016 to 2019.

Bill Campbell, President of Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) released the following statement:

“KAP congratulates Derek Johnson on his appointment to cabinet as the Minister of Agriculture. As the MLA for Interlake-Gimli and as a former municipal councillor, Minister Johnson understands the challenges facing Manitoba’s agricultural industry and we look forward to working with him.

KAP would also like to thank Ralph Eichler, outgoing Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development. We have valued Minister Eichler’s desire to grow the industry through his various roles in public office and wish him the best.”

Saskatchewan Announces Extension For FRWIP Applications

 

Livestock producers will have more time to work on their applications for the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program.

Agriculture Minister David Marit says they recognize the challenges producers have been facing with the drought when it comes to finding contractors and materials to complete their water development projects.

"It is important to provide more time for producers to complete their water projects, so they can take advantage of additional funding to develop secure and sustainable water sources to meet the needs of their operation and help them mitigate the impacts of future dry conditions."

With that in mind, the Federal and Provincial Governments have adapted FRWIP to allow livestock producers who plan to claim over $50,000 in rebates - to submit a preliminary application by March 31, 2022, to complete their project(s) - and then submit the paperwork for the rebate by September 30, 2022.

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau notes the past year has been a harsh reminder of how important water reliability is to agricultural producers.

"By extending the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program, we are giving farmers more time to complete projects such as dugouts, wells and pipelines, that will help to ensure a better supply of this essential resource for livestock."

On July 14, 2021, the Government of Saskatchewan announced changes to temporarily increase the maximum funding a livestock producer can receive from the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program for dugouts, wells and pipelines. For the period April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, the maximum rebate, for livestock producers only, increased to $150,000. The first $50,000 is based on a 50-50 cost-share and the remaining $100,000 is a 70-30 government-producer cost-share.

More information on FRWIP is available here. 

The Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference Kicks Off Today

 

The Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference is going virtual, the two-day event begins today at 12:45 pm.

Today's presentations begin with Agriculture Minister David Marit announcing funding for this year's livestock related research projects.

Ryder Lee, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, says that's followed by a presentation on AgTec Investment in Agriculture, a Mental Health discussion and then some research updates.

Day two features keynote speaker Diana Rodgers will talk about "Ending the Anti Meat Narrative.".

Rodgers is a "real food" nutritionist, sustainability advocate, and co-author of the book the "Sacred Cow".

Thursday's event wraps up with a market update and an industry panel talking about "Looking into the Future - Generation Outlook".

This year's panel will feature producers Ryan Brierbach of High Plains Ranch, Chad Ross of L7 Ranch and Chief Cadmus Delorme of Cowessess First Nation.

You can still register for the event here.

Ian Boxall Elected Pres of APAS

 

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan have a new President.

Ian Boxall, the Representative for the RM of Connaught # 457 farms near Tisdale and takes over the role from Todd Lewis.

Boxall says it's an honour and a privilege to be elected as President.

He notes some of the early priorities for the new executive include the Next Policy Framework Task Force, rural connectivity, continued drought response, and advocacy on behalf of farmers dealing with grain contracts from last year’s drought.

Former President Todd Lewis says he wishes Ian the best of luck with his new role as President.

"I’ve worked with him over the last several years, and I know APAS will be in good hands with the new Executive."

Other members of the 2022 APAS Executive include Vice Presidents Bill Prybylski of Willowbrook a Director for District Four and Scott Owens of Maidstone a Director for District Six.

District One Directors - Wanda Reid RM of Golden West #95 and Steven Donald RM of Martin #122
District Two Directors - Bev Pirio RM of Laurier #38 and James Bateman RM of Gravelbourg #104
District Three Directors - Don Connick RM of Carmichael #109 and Devin Harlick RM of Piapot #110
District Four Directors - Bill Prybylski RM of Garry #245 and Ian Boxall RM of Connaught #457
District Five Directors - Donavon Block RM of Leroy # 339 and Ryan Scragg RM of Garden River #490
District Six Directors - Jeremy Welter RM of Mariposa #350 and Scott Owens RM of Eldon #471

Sask Pulse Makes Changes To Winter Pulse Meetings

The Saskatchewan Pulse Growers making the decision to move the first two Winter Pulse Meetings to a virtual event only.

Organizers say that's based on new recommendations from the Saskatchewan Health Authority and following the guidance of Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer suggesting residents refrain from gathering outside of the home.

As a result the Assiniboia and Melfort Winter Pulse Meetings are going virtual only, the agendas for both dates January 25, and February 2 have been streamlined to provide a shorter and more concise virtual experience.

Some presentations will now only be offered once, so producers are encouraged to check out the revised agendas, and if possible are encouraged to register for both events.

Attendees who had previously registered for a specific date are now automatically registered for the virtual event on that day, but will need to register for the other event if they wish to attend.

More information and details on how to register for SPG's Winter Pulse Meetings can be found here.

Alberta Rancher Named Vice President Of GRSB

 A cattle producer from Alberta has been named to the executive of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB).

Bob Lowe, a Nanton area rancher and feedlot operator, will serve as Vice-President.

Lowe has served as President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association since March 2020.

He says it's important to have Canada and producers represented at the table.

"We lead the world in sustainability, and a sustainable beef industry. We've kind of got a job to do to show the rest of the world how to do it, in order to make sure we still have an industry."

Lowe says the overall goal of the GRSB is to promote the sustainability of the beef industry globally.

"The GRSB I believe is the organization that should be talking to global leaders, U-N countries, major global corporations for the voice of cattle production, but at a very high level. I don't think it's the GRSB's role to get down into day to day management of cattle herds or telling producers how and what they should do."

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef represents 12 regional roundtables, and over 500 members in 24 different countries.

The GRSB reports its member organizations are responsible for more than two thirds of cross-border beef trade.

More information on the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and their priorities can be found here.

Prairieland Park Agriculture Manager Set To Retire

The 38th Annual Western Canadian Crop Production Show marks the final event for Prairieland's Agriculture Manager Lori Cates. 

Cates is set to retire at the end of the month.

"It has been my honour to be in a position to promote the agriculture industry here at Prairieland for the past 20 years. The Western Canadian Crop Production Show has gained a reputation in the industry as the ‘must-attend’ event of the year and I am proud to have been part of that success." says Cates.

"To all the exhibitors I have met over the years, I wish you continued prosperity! I hope you will find value in being part of the show long into the future."

In a Facebook post on the Western Canadian Crop Production Show page, Prairieland thanked Cates for her leadership, tenacity, and unrelenting belief in the prairie spirit.

 

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