Promoting Canadian Oats

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program is a federal government program that encourages research and development by providing tax-based incentives. By using levy contributions to finance research and development work that benefits Western Canada oat producers, The Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission and the Manitoba Oat Growers Association are able to participate in this program and distribute these tax-based incentives to producers.

The program gives registered oat producers access to investment tax credits (by means of cash refunds and/or reduction to taxes payable) for their levy contributions that are spent on qualifying research.

For 2013, Saskatchewan producers may claim 28.6% of their levy contributions as a qualifying SR&ED expenditure on their federal tax return.

For 2013, Manitoba oat producers may claim 20.2% of their levy contributions as a qualifying SR&ED expenditure on their federal tax return.

Investment tax credits may be claimed by filing form T2038(IND) for farm individuals or T2SCH31 for farm corporations.

The purpose of this survey, being conducted by a Masters candidate at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, is to investigate the management of sponsorships within Canadian agribusiness. She hopes to understand how agribusinesses can best communicate their sponsorship activity to farmer customers. The results will be reviewed for any themes and best practices.

For every farmer survey submitted, she will give $1 to 4-H Canada, up to $1000.

The survey will not ask for any personal information and participation cannot be tracked. Participants can stop or withdraw from the survey without responses being collected. Please note, however, that once the survey is submitted it will be impossible to withdraw survey answers since they will be submitted anonymously. This study has been reviewed and cleared by the McMaster Research Ethics Board.

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January 2015
CTA Review Submission
POGA’s submission to the review panel of the Canada Transportation Act highlights the need to have a system that is Fair, Responsive, Effective and Transparent. That includes the ability to move for a broad range of crops and markets, including corridors that move grain south. Read the Submission Document (PDF, 565KB)

Presentation on Grain Transportation
Robynne Anderson presented the POGA view on grain transportation at CropSphere January 2015. Highlighting the fact that oat transportation remains challenged and that trucking has helped to make up continued shortfalls in rail shipments, she reviewed the key elements of the CTA Review Submission (PDF, 565KB) made by POGA. In particular, she called for more work by commodity groups to build upon existing consensus to provide coherence in policy discussions as the review progresses. View the presentation (PDF, 299KB)

February 2014
Oats and oat hay for your horse
Choosing grain for a horse's diet can be challenging. Feed stores carry an endless supply of specifically formulated feeds with varying protein levels and additives including vitamins and minerals . Each one is specially designed for horses in a specific age group or performance level. A simpler alternative is oats. This grain, available whole, rolled or steamed, is good for horses of all ages and all activity levels.
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January 2014
Prairie oat industry invests nearly $1 million in proactive research project
"As the world's largest oat exporter, maintaining the high quality of Canadian oats is of paramount importance to us," said Willie Zuchkan, Chairman of the Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission (SODC) during the inaugural CropSphere conference in Saskatoon on Jan. 16.
View the complete news release (in PDF format)

January 2014
Federal government strengthens oat industry
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced on Jan. 22 an investment of more than $3.7 million to the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) to help oat producers sell more of their crop in the global marketplace. POGA will receive more than $3 million from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) AgriInnovation Program for three research projects.
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December 2013
UPOV 91 part Of Omnibus Ag Bill
The federal government has introduced an omnibus bill that will bring plant breeders' rights in Canada in line with the international intellectual property standard known as UPOV 91. The Agricultural Growth Act, which Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced at Canterra Seeds in Winnipeg as it was being tabled in the House of Commons, will also introduce a new licensing and registration system for livestock feed and fertilizer companies, as well as changes to the way farmers can access cash advances for their commodities.
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December 2013
POGA names new president
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October 2013
Prairie oat, barley groups won’t join Cereals Canada
by The Western Producer

Commodity groups representing prairie barley and oat growers say they will work co- with Cereals Canada, a national council that was formed to promote the competitiveness of all cereal crops grown in Canada. However, the Alberta Barley Commission, the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission and the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) say they don’t intend to become members of Cereals Canada or join the organization in any formal capacity.
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March 2013
Oats risks becoming specialty crop
Oats are in danger of becoming a "special" crop in Canada because acres are expected to decrease to record lows, the president of Ag Commodity Research said here Tuesday in a presentation at the annual Wild Oats Grainworld Conference.
View the article in Grainews

January 2013
Government of Canada Invests in Western Canada’s Oat Industry
Western Canadian oat producers could soon see greater demand for their crop thanks to federal funding announced today by Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. The funding will support a three year project focused on increasing market demand for western Canadian oats.

"Our Government is making a long-term investment to create jobs and economic growth," said MP Lukiwski. "Developing the western Canadian oat industry through research, while improving international market access for our oat producers, will help strengthen Canada's economic prosperity. This is especially important in the Prairie Provinces, where approximately 90 per cent of Canada's oats are produced."

An investment of $195,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will assist the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) in delivering a three-part exporting initiative. The largest component will bring together equine industry experts to raise awareness of western Canadian oats amongst the U.S. equine feed industry through oat research projects.
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January 2013
Equine Feed Oat Project Awards Inaugural Oat Research Grant
The Equine Feed Oat Project (EFOP) announced the recipient of its first equine oat research grant on Jan. 10, 2013. Dr. Laurie Lawrence of the University of Kentucky will receive more than $122,000 in funding for a two-year research project beginning in February 2013. The EFOP is an initiative of the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA), a not-for-profit organization representing 15,000 Canadian Oat Farmers. Launched in 2010, the EFOP was created to conduct research and educate about the role of oats in equine nutrition.

Since its formation in 1998, POGA has placed high priority on funding research that has helped produce many new varieties of oats for both the human and equine markets.

"Healthy horses have been eating oats for hundreds of years because they are safe, natural and healthy. And we know how and why oats are good for people," said Bill Wilton, Chairman of POGA. "Dr. Lawrence's research will help us know more about why and how oats are good for horses."

POGA received matching funding for the grant from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture – Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).
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December 2012
Sunbelt Bean Plant Under New Ownership
A new Manitoba facility has announced it will expand into processing and packaging of specialty foods, such as gluten-free products made from oats, buckwheat and beans.
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December 2012
Federal Government Supports POGA Agrimarketing
The Canadian oat industry will be able to grow new international markets with an investment from the Harper government. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the Prairie Oat Growers Association will receive an investment to help boost the industry\'s sales internationally.
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May 2012
Canadian Oats Help Soothe Sensitive Skin
Novel malting process opens new markets for oats
A new technology developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists and put in practice by Edmonton-based biotechnology company Ceapro Inc. will help open new market opportunities for Canadian oat farmers. 
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February 2012
Alberta Farm Express Articles
The Alberta Farm Express newspaper ( pubished two articles of interest to oat growers in its February 13 issue. Click the links below to see the PDF of the pages.

February 2012
US Production
And the U.S. will soon harvest only a wee bit of oats, once a major U.S. crop for feed and food. Canadian farmers will grow 62% of the oats used in the U.S. in ’12.

American farmers are opting for more profitable crops. Corn, for example, typically yields 160 bu./acre and sells for $6/bu. vs. oats at $3-$4 and a 60 bu./acre yield.

Still, limited uses will continue: As forage, harvested green for use as hay or haylage. In fact, recent strains, such as the variety ForagePlus, are bred to maximize total plant nutrition, not just grain.

And in niche food markets. New strains on tap are aimed at enticing health food makers. For example, in ’14, the Univ. of Wisconsin plans to release BetaGene, an oat especially high in beta glucan, a benefit to the immune system and a cholesterol-lowering agent.

Food makers often pay premium prices, buying directly from farmers, so U.S. and Canadian growers may find such a variety profitable.
Source: The Kipling Agricultural Letter, Volume 84, #4, February 24, 2012

March 2011
Oats In The Marketplace, presentation to NAMA
Market analyst Randy Strychar of Oat presented a comprehensive overview of oats in the marketplace as he spoke to the North American Millers Association industy meetings in Florida on March 13, 2011.

Click to view his presentation (in PDF format, 1.05 Mb)

Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) President Art Enns presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture regarding Bill C-30 (the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act) on April 1, 2014. The transportation crisis has affected many shippers so Bill C-30 is an important interim step but must be part of long term measures that address the needs of all shippers. POGA and the Grain Growers of Canada join with many other organizations in recommending a series of amendments to Bill C-30 and specific elements to be included in the subsequent regulatory package, including the needs to get oats moving to US markets.

President Enns also addressed the Senate Agriculture Commitee on May 14, 2014.

Read the brief POGA and the Grain Growers of Canada submitted to the House of Commons >>
Read the speech by Art Enns, President of POGA, to the House of Commons >>
Read the speech by Art Enns, President of POGA, to the Senate >>