Promoting Canadian Oats

A jar of oat-based skin cream and a bowl of honey

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – summer! This means your skin will be getting a lot more exposure, which can unfortunately lead to its own set of issues. Sunburn, bug bites and rashes from irritating plants are just some of the challenges that come with warmer weather.

Bel Marra Health is calling oats a superfood due to their many health benefits. Here are some more superfoods to add to your diet: spinach, yogurt, tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, black beans and walnuts.

Click here to read the full article from Bel Marra Health.

Richardson International announced last week that it has purchased the British-based European Oat Millers. Art Enns, president of the Prairie Oat Growers Association, describes the decision as "very positive" and adds that it's unlikely Canadian farmers will feel any major effects from the deal since substantial oat exports to Europe remain some years away.

Canadian oats have many benefits beyond just eating, they can be used in many ways around the house, some might even surprise you!

Oatmeal can be combined with other ingredients like honey and almond milk to make a gentle and effective soap. Oatmeal is a great soap ingredient for the same reason it makes a great face mask – it is mild and soothing on the skin. There are numerous oatmeal and honey soap mixtures floating around the web you can easily make at home with no chemicals.

The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) recently launched a new campaign to increase awareness of beneficial insects in cropping systems. The new campaign, Field Heroes, was developed to encourage growers and agronomists to consider the impact of beneficial insects when making decisions and product recommendations.