Promoting Canadian Oats

In the winter of 2013-2014, producers accused the railways of failing to move grain from inland terminals to port, clogging elevators across Western Canada and cutting cash prices. According to Mark Hemmes, president of Quorom Corp., railways and grain companies have actually improved the efficiency and performance of the system over the last 15 years.

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Canadian farmers were expected to increase acres planted to oats by 12% to 13% from 2016, according to Randy Strychar, president of Ag Commodity Research and Shawna Mathieson, executive director of Prairie Oat Growers Association.

Both Strychar and Mathieson provided their forecasts during the North American Millers' Association (NAMA) spring conference on March 12. The expense in oat acres was expected to come at the expense of spring wheat. Strychar forecast a 13% increase in acres, and Mathieson forecast a 12% increase.

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Executives from major food companies like General Mills, Cargill, Nestle and The J.M. Smucker Company attended a food industry gathering in Washington, D.C. last week. Those in attendance discussed the potential impacts of President Trump's preliminary fiscal 2018 budget, which includes a call to cut the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget by 21%. The border adjustment tax or BAT, was also a topic of discussion at the gathering, and would introduce a 20% tariff on all imports.

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Freshly baked cookies are a staple at snack time and the perfect sweet finale to a meal. Often high in fat and sugar and low in fibre, they’re also one of the first things to be given up when people resolve to follow a healthy diet.

With approximately four grams of fibre in a cup of cooked instant oatmeal, oats are a great way to start your morning. But these days, oats aren't just for breakfast anymore. Many recipes are now featuring oats in a variety of dishes that are delicious any time of day.

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