AG Notes

Nominations sought for Monsanto scholarship

The Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from Grade 12 students.

Students have the opportunity to win one of 65 entrance scholarships valued at $1,500 for post-secondary studies in agriculture or agriculture-related fields.

As well, up to 25 scholarships will be offered to students from non-farm backgrounds.

Students have until June 15 to submit their applications, which must include an essay that outlines their thoughts on what role Canadian agriculture can play in the future of food and how they will contribute.

A reference letter from a farmer or food professional must also be provided.

For more information, visit monsanto.ca.

Meat extender wins pulse food contest

A high fibre meat extender made of red lentils, green peas and chickpeas was voted national champion at the annual Mission: ImPulseible food product development competition.

Fiberger, which was created by Caileigh Smith and Evelyn Helps of the University of Guelph, can be used in patties and meatballs to reduce the amount of meat required while adding fibre and protein.

The product will be displayed at the Global LovePulses Product Showcase July 19 during the Institute of Food Technologists Expo in Chicago.

The competition challenges post-secondary students to be creative when producing new food products featuring peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas.

Forty-two student teams from 17 Canadian schools took part in this year’s competition.

Second place went to Austen Neil, Chandre Van de Merwe and Nicolle Mah of the University of Alberta for Biotagelata, a gelato-inspired dessert made with fermented bean milk.

Third place went to Lisa Cook and Hailey Madill of Mount St, Vincent University in Halifax for the Vital Impulse Bar, a breakfast bar containing fababean flour, chickpea flour and green lentils.

Pulse mascot tours Manitoba

Kid Bean, the new mascot for Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, is touring Manitoba over the five months.

The six-foot tall kidney bean wearing sneakers and a baseball cap is promoting the benefits of pulses to schoolchildren and community groups as part of the 2016 International Year of Pulses.

The organization also has a $50,000 program to reward ideas that increase awareness or consumption of pulses.

The Why Pulses? challenge is open to elementary and secondary schools and non-profit community groups in Manitoba.

For more information or to arrange a visit by Kid Bean, visit manitobapulse.ca website.

Poultry goes to Mexico

Mexico recently reopened its border to Canadian fresh poultry meat, including chicken, turkey and duck.

The country closed its borders following an outbreak of avian Influenza in 2004.

Restored access is worth $3 million a year.

Bilateral trade in agriculture and food products between the two countries was $3.8 billion last year.

Calculator helps pregnancy check cows

A new calculator helps beef producers weigh the economic benefits of including pregnancy checking as a management decision.

The 2015 Western Canadian Cow Calf Survey suggests 60 percent of cow-calf producers include pregnancy testing in their management.

For more information, visit beefresearch.ca.

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