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From Yorkton This Week: Grain Millers Expanding Yorkton Plant

Construction is ongoing on the final phase of a major expansion at Grain Millers north of Yorkton.

“This is the culmination (of an expansion) that dates back over three years,” facility general manager Terry Tyson told Yorkton This Week.

Tyson said the overall facility has been gearing up to add production capacity with a sort of phased in expansion that started with an upgrade to its grain receiving areas, and has included adding additional storage capacity, including in the ‘work in progress’ area which allows for product to be temporarily held at any point in the process from cleaning, through hull removal, to kilning, cutting and processing into groats, flour or flakes.

Continue reading at yorktonthisweekonline.com

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.

Continue reading at Alberta.ca

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.

Continue reading "Building a Plant Centred Pantry: Oats" at desireerd.com

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. 

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