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Food innovation research gets funding

The federal government is investing $120,000 more to the Canadian Food Innovators science cluster to consult with food and beverage processors on the research and innovation priorities.

The funding will help Canadian food and beverage manufacturers better compete, innovate and capitalize on new opportunities. The money will be used to better connect the needs of processors with the capacity and resources available through research centres, universities and food technology centres.

The institute will look for input from the sector to create a list of priorities designed to stimulate innovation and growth in Canada’s food industry. The food and beverage processing sector buys and processes more than 50 percent of farmers’ production across Canada.

Agriculture adventure volunteers sought

The following volunteer positions are needed for Amazing Agriculture Adventure, Agriculture in the Classroom — Manitoba’s flagship program at the Keystone Centre in Brandon June 6 and 7.

Class host leads a group of students and their teacher to the right station at the right time.

Station facilitator runs a fun and interactive station giving students the opportunity to learn more about agriculture. Station facilitators are needed for sheep, wool, leafy spurge, enviroscapes, tractor/baler, combine, wheat grinding, farm business and weather.

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Volunteers will be provided with a script and training to successfully run the station.

Camelina oil approved for salmon

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved the use of mechanically extracted camelina oil as a feed ingredient for farmed salmon and trout.

Camelina sativa, or false flax, is a nutritious oilseed plant rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and antioxidants.

These omega-3 acids are different to those present in fish oils, but they enhance the ability of fish to synthesize long-chain omega-3 fatty acids needed for optimal growth, which in turn ensures a healthful human product.

More information is available here.

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