AG Notes

Ag biomass growth supported

The federal government is investing $499,433 to help Competitive Green Technologies research and develop a biomass-based alternative material that could replace traditional nylon in automobile manufacturing and other industries.

Collaborating with the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre at the University of Guelph, the company is developing a new biocomposite material from resin and natural fibres derived from agricultural waste. 

The new material could be used by the automotive industry to produce stronger, more environmentally friendly car parts using more renewable content at a lower cost, while offering value-added opportunities for farmers. 

The bioproducts sector ranges from biofuels and biochemicals to bio-based automotive applications. Currently, the sector is capturing the plastics market at a growth rate of 30 percent annually.

Dairy expansion receives funding

Cheese processor La Trappe à Fromage de l’Outaouais has received $584,063 in federal funding to help install automation equipment to optimize processing and improve product quality, production capacity and food safety.

Under the Quebec Economic Development Program, the company is also receiving $300,000 in the form of a repayable contribution to buy and install equipment to digitize production.

The Gatineau-based company employs 60 workers and specializes in soft cheddar, brie, vintage brick, colby and cheddar and specialty farmhouse cheese and raclette.

Horticulture receives ornamental funding

The Ornamental Horticulture Research and Innovation Cluster is receiving $4.6 million in federal funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The cluster will be led by the Canadian Ornamental Horticultural Alliance.

Strongly focused on the environment, three key areas include:

  • helping to combat climate change through plant breeding
  • enhancing environmental sustainability through improved fertilizer and irrigation practices
  • driving productivity and competitiveness by finding ways to boost yields while reducing input costs

Agribition distributes scholarships

This year’s recipients of the Canadian Western Agribition 2018 scholarships are Christin Dixon of Arcola, Sask., Kathryn Serhienko from Maymont, Sask., and Travis Hunter from Didsbury, Alba.

The annual awards provide post-secondary scholarships of $2,500 to students with a history of involvement in Agribition as exhibitors, volunteers or competitors pursuing post-secondary education.

The scholarship was formed 25 years ago, and since then $216,000 has been awarded from three scholarships.

As well, Jill Sparrow of Vanscoy, Sask., was awarded the $1,500 Barry Andrew Family Scholarship for her involvement in Agribition and pursuing an agricultural post-secondary education.

Her family runs a mixed cattle and grain operation. She has participated in youth team grooming at Agribition and is pursuing an agricultural education at the University of Saskatchewan.

Emma Nicholas of Milestone, Sask., was awarded the $1,500 William M. Farley Memorial Scholarship for her history of involvement in Agribition with special recognition for contributing to the show through volunteerism.

Nicholas’s family raise purebred Hereford cattle and display bulls at Agribition.

She is an active volunteer and is studying nursing in Lethbridge.

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