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Government funds oat-growing research

Newer, stronger strains of oats can help gluten-free bakers


September 6, 2019
By Bakers Journal
Crop of Souris strain of oats near Neepawa, MB Image courtesy of POGA.ca

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced an investment of up to $1,982,915 for Prairie Oat Growers Association to improve oat varieties for the Canadian oat industry.

This project aims to develop new oat cultivars suited for production in western Canada. The cultivars developed will have end-use quality identified by the industry, and will carry genetic resistance to major diseases, pests and adverse environmental and changing climatic conditions.

“The breeding work being done in Brandon at the AAFC location would not be possible without the continued support of the Government of Canada and all the industry funders including AustGrains, Emerson Milling, FP Genetics, General Mills, Grain Millers, POGA, Richardson International and SeCan. In order to ensure oats remain a viable and competitive option for our producers in Western Canada (and continues to support a significant value added industry), continued investment in varietal improvements is essential.

“The investment is a true demonstration of the collaboration of the oat industry and its dedication to continue to deliver this healthy, safe and nutritious product into the homes of consumers across the globe.” Said Jenneth Johanson, President, Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) in a press release.

The project is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Program, which aims to advance the growth and profitability of the sector by accelerating innovation through support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research.

“The Canadian grain industry constantly innovates to remain strong and competitive. By supporting cutting-edge research in the oat industry, we are proud to help Prairie producers overcome the agronomic challenges they face today,” stated The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in a press release.