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Olds College Launches Cannabis Program

From: Food in Canada

Olds, Alta. – A new cannabis program is launching at Olds College, a community college specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental stewardship.

In a statement on its website (“New Cannabis Production Program Launched” on May 1, 2018), the college says the new program is called Cannabis Production Program – Level 1.

The program includes four online courses, which are followed by a two-week field study where students will obtain hands-on experience at Sundial Growers Inc., an approved licensed producer of medical cannabis, and Terra Life Sciences, a company that produces pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications and premium grade wellness products.

The four online courses are called:

  • Introduction to Horticulture Production
  • Introduction to Crop Production and Facilities
  • Cannabis Legislation and Documentation
  • Horticulture for Cannabis Production

Olds College says registration opened on May 1, 2018 for the program with delivery starting July 3, 2018.

The program prepares students for employment in cannabis production. Students can expect to gain entry-level, job-based training with hands-on experience.

The college says it’s also developing a second Continuing Education course called Cannabis Retail Advisor, which will be available this fall.

For more on the Cannabis Production Program – Level 1, click here

A new state-of-the-art hatchery to open in Ontario

From: Food in Canada

Milton, Ont. – Two chicken processors, one from Ontario and one from Quebec, are set to open a state-of-the-art chicken hatchery in Woodstock, Ont.

Sargent Farms of Ontario and Boire & Frères Inc. of Quebec say in a statement that the $15-million project will operate as the Thames River Hatchery and “will create approximately 30 jobs and have capacity to produce 20 million chicks per year.”

The companies say Thames River Hatchery is the first independent large-scale chicken hatchery built in Ontario in more than 30 years.

Bob Sargent, vice-president of Sargent Farms, says in the statement that the facility will produce some of the highest quality chicks for farmers across Ontario. “This facility features the most advanced technology on the market,” he says, “which will allow us to enhance quality, animal care standards and sustainability.”

Both companies are family owned and operated. Boire & Frères has been in operation for nearly 90 years and is based in Wickham, Que. It is one of the largest hatcheries in Canada, hatching about two million chicks each week.

Sargent Farms is based in Milton and has been in operation for 75 years. The company remodelled in 1993 specifically for poultry processing. Today a third generation of Sargents have an active role in the company.

In addition to the hatchery, says the statement, Sargent Farms is also investing $10 million to enhance and retrofit its halal chicken processing facility in Milton. The company says it will replace all of its equipment and the retrofit will take place in stages over three years, primarily during off hours.

HyLife Foods Opening Ceremonies

April 4, 2018

HyLife Foods is now investing up to $176 million in an expansion of its main processing plant at Neepawa, Manitoba and new finishing barns. The company has hired over 100 new employees because of the expansion and currently already employs over 2000 people at their main facility.

President of HyLife Foods, Claude Vielfaure, suggests the expansion in Neepawa comes as a result of the growing demand for Canadian pork in Japan and China as well as in Canada. Tri-Mach was the successful contractor selected to design and install new processing and packaging conveyors along with the installation of all capital equipment and a new hog rail.

We are proud to be a partner of HyLife and congratulate them on a very successful project and future.

Visit www.hylife.com to learn more about their plans for the new expansion. 

A New Study Confirms Benefits of Whole Grains

From: Food in Canada

Beltsville, Md. – A new human nutrition study out of the U.S. proves once again the benefits of whole-grain foods over refined-grain products like white bread.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says scientists with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging, which is jointly run by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS, a branch of the USDA) and Tufts University in Boston, “conducted the study to clarify the role of whole grains in helping regulate weight, blood sugar levels and calorie (energy) use, among other benefits.”

The news and results of the study are on the ARS website (“Whole Grains Deliver on Health Benefits,” by Jan Suszkiw).

The ARS explains on the site that whole grains include the “bran and other constituents intact – all rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, carbohydrates and phytonutrients.”

Refined grains, on the other hand, are milled extensively or go through other processing.

The ARS site says the eight-week study included 81 participants – healthy, non-smoking men and women between the ages of 40 and 65.

For more details on the study, click here.

What the scientists found was that “participants in the whole-grain group lost approximately 100 more calories per day than refined-grain eaters – the equivalent of walking briskly for 30 minutes.”

The scientists say the whole-grain participants lost the calories because of an “increased metabolic rate and increased fecal energy losses.”

The ARS adds that “the whole-grain diet gave a moderate boost to populations of beneficial Lachnospira bacteria, which make protective short-chain fatty acids and help counteract another bacterial species that contributes to inflammation. Such gut bacteria comprise a larger community of microorganisms, called the microbiota, that live on or in the human body. They are of increasing interest to scientists for the diverse and often beneficial roles they play, including helping digest food, extract nutrients, regulate metabolism, and protect against disease and infection, among others.”

The study has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February 2017.

For more on the study and how it differs from previous clinical trials, click here

Conestoga College Job Fair 2018

March 22, 2018

On March 21st, Conestoga College held their annual Job Fair in the Cambridge Campus Atrium. This event gives students the opportunity to network with a variety of different employers who are actively recruiting for full-time, co-op and summer positions for trades and apprenticeships. As one of the employers invited, Tri-Mach Group of Companies met with many enthusiastic students who brought forward insightful questions about our group of companies and millwrighting as a career.

On behalf of the Tri-Mach Group of Companies, we would like to take this opportunity to thank @ConestogaCollege for inviting us to attend as well as all of the students that participated in this highly successful event. Thank you to those who stopped by our booth – Tri-Mach Group of Companies would like to wish the best of luck to all of the future millwrights, welders and fabricators who apply for positions.

Visit www.conestogac.on.ca for more information about their programs and courses. 

We’re hiring!

Tri-Mach Group and Advance Millwrights are currently seeking passionate individuals for full-time licensed millwright positions. Individuals that are interested are invited to apply to resumes@tri-mach.com

Governments Commit Funding for AG Projects in Saskatchewan

From: Food in Canada

Saskatoon, Sask. – Thirty crop-related research projects are sharing $7.7 million in funding.

The province of Saskatchewan and the government of Canada announced in a statement that the funding is through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

In addition, says the statement, both governments “are committing $6.25 million in operating funds to the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan over five years” also through the ADF.

Dr. Kofi Agblor, managing director of the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, says in the statement that “continued investment from the province affirms its commitment to our clearly demonstrated mission of improving economic returns for farmers and the agriculture industry of Western Canada, as well as our new vision of being a world-class crop improvement organization that delivers advanced crop genetics for society.”

Some examples of the research projects include:

• research to develop more clubroot resistant canola varieties;
• improve fusarium head blight resistance in durum wheat;
• better control of root rot in pea and lentils crops; and
• increasing the use of faba beans in pet food and fish feed to create another value-added use for a Saskatchewan pulse crop.

In addition to the provincial and federal government funding, several other partners have committed more than $3.1 million. Those partners include the Western Grains Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission.

 

Quebec Salad Grower Acquires Land in B.C. for $60M

From: Food in Canada

Sherrington, Que. – A fresh vegetable producer in Quebec has acquired 700 acres of land in B.C. to grow organic salad greens.

Quebec’s Vegpro International says in a statement on its website that it acquired the land from Coldstream Ranch of Coldstream, B.C.

It’s been reported in the media that Vegpro has invested $60 million in the venture.

The founder of Vegpro, Gerry Van Winden, says in the statement that the investment is a boon to Canadian consumers. “Today, most of the organic produce originates from the West Coast of the U.S.,” says Van Winden. “Growing local organic produce for Canadians is one of the main goals we are pursuing in establishing a presence in Coldstream.”

Vegpro says it also invested in Coldstream because of its “favourable climate, quality soils and proximity to a quality labour pool.”

The vertically integrated salad grower says it will likely begin operating in Coldstream in the spring or early summer of 2018. There will also be a 70,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art packing facility in Coldstream, which will create up to 200 jobs over the next three years.

In the statement, Jim Garlick, mayor of Coldstream, says the investment in the community “will bring significant economic benefits” to the town but also to the greater community of Vernon, B.C.

Vegpro is known for its FRESH Attitude brand and specializes in producing and packaging baby lettuces and crucifers. The company has fields in Quebec and in Florida.

OIKOS partners with NHL Canada

From: Food in Canada

Boucherville, Que. – A well-known yogurt brand is now the official yogurt of the National Hockey League in Canada.

DanoneWave Canada announced in a statement that its OIKOS brand yogurt has sealed a three-year sponsorship of the NHL in Canada starting with the current 2017-2018 season.

Mélanie Robitaille, DanoneWave Canada’s Marketing director, says in the statement that the sponsorship deal matches a “dream snack” with a “dream sport.”

“This sponsorship takes OIKOS into a bold new territory, allowing us to leverage the NHL’s brand equity to introduce healthy snacking to new consumers, including men – a growing target for us,” says Robitaille.

The company says it will highlight the NHL sponsorship through a marketing and retail strategy.

OIKOS kicked off its sponsorship run on Dec. 16 with the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic. The event featured the Ottawa Senators versus the Montreal Canadiens in an outdoor game in Ottawa.

In 2018, the brand’s Snack to Win promotion will feature a grand prize trip to a 2018 Stanley Cup Final game. Consumers will see official Stanley Cup branding on OIKOS products and point of sales material during the Snack to Win promotional period.

Study Finds More Reasons to Eat Whole Grains

From: Food in Canada

Copenhagen, Denmark – A study headed by the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark has found several reasons why consumers should include whole grains in their diets.

In an article (“Several reasons why whole grains are healthy,” published on Nov. 2, 2017 by Miriam Meister), the National Food Institute says researchers from various departments looked at consumers who swapped their refined grain products, such as white bread and pasta, for whole grain versions.

The study included 50 adults who were at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

What the researchers found was “that the participants had less inflammation in their bodies when eating whole grains,” especially with rye.

Participants also ate less overall. This is “presumably because whole grain consumption causes satiety. While eating the whole grain diet, participants have generally lost weight.”

The researchers add that what effects whole grains have on gut bacteria composition warrant further study.

For more on the study, click here

Canada Looks to Grow its Livestock Genetics Exports

From: Food in Canada

Kemptville, Ont. – The federal government has invested $3 million in the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA).

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says in a statement that it sees opportunities in new markets for Canada’s livestock genetics.

In fact, says Lawrence MacAuley, Canada’s minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, “farmers around the world want Canadian breeds of livestock, because they are recognized worldwide for their high quality. This investment will help Canadian livestock genetics exporters access new and emerging markets, like China, leading to greater returns for our farmers and their families and continued growth for the economy.”

The statement explains that the demand is high for Canada’s “superior livestock breeds so [farmers] can raise cows and goats that produce more milk, and sheep that can produce more meat.”

This particular project will focus on exporting dairy, sheep and goat genetics, which says the statement, in 2016 generated exports of more than $150 million – a sum the CLGA is hoping to increase to 200 million.

Michael Hall, executive director of the CLGA, says the investment will benefit all of Canada’s agriculture exporters. “Canada’s world class genetics combined with the training and knowledge transfer made possible by Canada’s AgriMarketing funding is instrumental in improving farming practices around the world,”