— Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada was in several places across the country on Wednesday making funding announcements as part of Growing Forward 2.
Ag Minister Gerry Ritz was on hand in Winnipeg to announce the Canola Council of Canada will receive up to $1.2 million to develop an international marketing strategy to increase awareness and familiarity of canola oil’s health and culinary benefits, increase use of canola oil and meal in focus market and promotional approaches in emerging markets.
Alberta based Kinnikinnick Foods Inc. is receiving more than $1 million dollars to help meet the growing demand for gluten-free products. It is hoped the funding will provide additional markets for producers of egg, flax and other key baking ingredients. The funding will go towards purchasing and installing equipment to be used to produced gluten-free baked goods.
In Ottawa, the Harper Government announced $125,000 dollars for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada to help develop global markets for pet food producers. The funding is to be used to build relationships with new and existing buyers and increase the sales, exports, and value of its products overall.
On Tuesday, Pulse Canada and Canadian Special Crops Association received $615,000 from the Agricultural Innovation Program to explore health and nutrition claims and work on developing new ways to increase exports.
— The world’s largest producer of phytogenic feed additives has discovered a way to curb CO2 emissions. Austria based Delacon has discovered botanical feed additives could help farmers raise healthy animals and reduce greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions. The company claims that a recent scientific study showed that if all poultry and pigs in the world were fed botanical feed additives 29 million tons of CO2 equivalents could be eliminated from the environment each year. To put it in perspective, that is the carbon foot print of Madrid, Spain.