Promoting Canadian Oats

The Government of Alberta is extending the deadline for farm workers to comply with new training requirements for commercial drivers until March 1, 2020.

To improve road safety, the province is introducing a Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program for drivers seeking a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence. This new requirement comes into effect on March 1, 2019. It does not apply to any driver who obtained a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s licence on or before Oct. 10, 2018.

Following consultation with the agriculture industry, the government is extending the deadline for farmers and farm workers to comply with the MELT requirements to accommodate the demands of the 2019 farming season.

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From Tech Life Today: "Open Wide for Fermented Oat Cheese! Research Partnership Explores New Ways to Transform Grain"

From NAIT’s research kitchen, Maynard Kolskog plays the role of mad oat scientist – experimenting with new concoctions and recipes with the grain. It’s part of a research partnership with the University of Alberta and the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) to transform oats from humble cereal grain to myriad forms of heart-smart superfoods that fit a variety of consumer diets.

Oat products such as milk substitutes have already found a spot on grocery store shelves, and the research partners see strong potential to expand. “There’s a lot of uses out there that haven’t been determined,” says Shawna Mathieson, executive director with POGA. “Canadians are hungry for more natural and healthy foods.”

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From Desiree Nielsen, RD "Building a Plant Centred Pantry: Oats"

In the quest to eat more colourful plants, oats aren’t exactly the first food to come to mind. Don’t let that beige exterior fool you: oats are incredibly nutrient-dense. Whole grain rolled oats are known for phytochemicals called avenanthramides that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-histamine properties. Ever take an oat bath to soothe your skin? That’s why it works.

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From Grainews: "Consumer Demands Driving Oat Research"

Health conscious people are in “the know” about the benefits of eating oats and oat products. Oats truly are a super food, high in dietary fiber that many studies suggest can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and colorectal cancer.

At the University of Alberta’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science, Dr. Lingyun Chen is leading three research projects in collaboration with the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA): oat-protein enriched beverages, a lactose-free, oat-based coffee additive and products containing oat fractions.

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From newswire.ca: "The Government of Canada invests in innovation to advance Canada's field crops"
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

MP Francis Drouin highlighted the Government of Canada's investment of up to $5.4 million to the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriScience Program (Clusters). This research investment, which includes an additional $3 million from industry, will help soybean crops become more resilient and productive, increase the geographic range for growing crops and benefit the environment.

MP Drouin also announced an additional investment of $4.1 million over five years to the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA), funded under the AgriScience Program (Projects). This additional funding supports two national projects, one on oat and one on corn.

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