Promoting Canadian Oats

Are you interested in becoming a director or do you know someone who is?
Here’s just a few of the benefits:

  • Identify and direct research for the benefit of the entire industry;
  • Increased industry knowledge;
  • The opportunity to meet a large number of influential millers, buyers, and government officials across the province, nation and globally;
  • Increased information sharing with other growers
  • Professional development;
  • Reimbursement for all travel, honorariums for time spent on the commissions’ projects and committees.

Click here for more information on the AOGC Director Nominations [PDF - 65 KB].

Most oats are grown on family farms in Canada, many of which are multi-generational operations with strong ties to the land where farmers live and thrive. To grow a crop of oats takes great care, and Canada’s top quality oats are highly prized for their colour, weight, and health benefits.

There have been recent concerns over the use of glyphosate and potential residues in cereals. Read the factsheet or download the PDF (300 KB) for some information on the use of glyphosate in Canadian oats.

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From The Western Producer's article "Glyphosate residues threaten oats":

Oats is the crop that received the first U.S. health claim approval.

It’s commonly seen as a miracle food that combines whole-grain, high fibre and heart-healthy characteristics.

It forms the basis of many of the healthiest breakfast foods available, including oatmeal, Cheerios and granola bars.

But recently it’s been hit by multiple claims that glyphosate residues are tainting the foods that it dominates, and it has created a vexing situation for farmers and the oat industry.

“I think we have to be aware,” said Art Enns, the Morris, Man., farmer who is president of Prairie Oat Growers Association.

Continue reading "Glyphosate residues threaten oats" at The Western Producer

From Huffpost - What is Oat Milk? This Dairy Alternative is Having a Mega-Moment

Oat milk mania started to catch on in the U.S. in early 2018. It reached a fever pitch this summer — its ability to produce the perfect dairy-free latte has put it in particularly high demand in coffee shops — and baristas and grocery stores everywhere soon found themselves with an oat milk shortage.

As Oatly and other oat milk manufacturers scramble to soak, drain and package their oat milk as quickly as possible, the questions arise: What exactly is oat milk, why is it so delicious and is it good for us? Let’s take a closer look. 

Read "What is Oat Milk? This Dairy Alternative is Having a Mega-Moment"

Letter to the Editor Western Producer

Big Opportunities in Canadian Oats

Letter to Editor:

The Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) Board is always pleased to read oat-related news articles published by The Western Producer and to know that the media is keeping an eye on this important Canadian crop. This letter is in response to your articles of July 19 (“Funding loss a blow to oat research” and “Ag economist questions future of oats”).

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POGA Response to CGC Accumulated Surplus Decision

Dear Minister MacAulay and Ms. Miller,

The Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) is incredibly disappointed in the Canadian Grain Commissions decision to disperse $90 million of its $130 million surplus into numerous special projects and expand its operations rather than reducing service fees for Canadian grain farmers in the form of reduced fees.

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