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MPSG calls for member feedback on future

A new membership dynamic may mean shifting focus and priorities 
for Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers as it 
reaches out for membership opinion

Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) is measuring its own vital signs with what will be the second membership survey conducted by the group in the last five years. Francois Labelle, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers executive director, says 2013 results will serve as a baseline for the new survey, which covers crops planted, land […] Read more

$400-million pea plant announced

Manitoba producers to benefit from the global demand for vegetable protein ingredients

Pea acres in the province could see a growth spurt following the announcement global ingredient and pharmaceutical giant Roquette will build its next processing plant in Manitoba. The $400-million pea-processing plant will be located just outside Portage la Prairie and is expected to employ 150 people once complete. “I expect there will be more pea […] Read more

Pulse industry sets growth target

The goal is to find new uses for 25 per cent of the industry’s productive capacity

Pulse Canada is aiming to find new uses for up to 25 per cent of the industry’s production by the year 2025. The recently approved “25 by 2025” target was set as part of the organization’s long-term planning process and will give the whole industry a target to strive for. The industry will marshal its […] Read more

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Proposed Vancouver grain terminal has great rail connections

The Fraser River Terminal will be served by four railways and there are no bottlenecks, a company official says

A spokesman for one of the companies behind the proposed Fraser Grain Terminal says the facility will be efficient and state of the art. Casey McCawley, Parrish & Heimbecker’s (P&H) director of West Coast operations and a director of the terminal to be co-owned by P&H and Paterson GlobalFoods (PGF), says that’s good news for […] Read more

VIDEO: High-protein yellow peas pump up products

Adding yellow pea flour to recognized products like instant noodles can help improve nutritional value

The phrase “eat your peas” is about to take on a whole new meaning. Researchers in Winnipeg are finding ways to add yellow pea flour to food products consumers are starting to view as unhealthy — such as breads, instant noodles, pasta and breakfast cereal — to give them a healthy kick. With funding from […] Read more

Growing Forward 3 a chance to think big

Pulse Canada’s COO calls for an ambitious agenda 
as the next agriculture policy framework looms

Canada needs to quit fiddling around the edges of its agri-food policies and start thinking big. That’s the message Greg Cherewyk, Pulse Canada’s chief operating officer, brought to a recent meeting of the Commons agriculture committee. He used the occasion to call for a new focus on continuous improvement and transformational innovation in the upcoming […] Read more

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Pulse crops fight for consumer attention

Somehow these healthy options are overlooked even in a world 
suddenly concerned about healthy food

Pulses have an image problem. They’re healthy and hearty fare. At times they can even seem like a wonder food, contributing to lower cholesterol, overcoming dietary fibre shortages and perhaps even slowing the spread of some cancers. Despite this, however, they’re also seen as unglamorous and even at times something to be a bit embarrassed […] Read more

Another fumigation derogation granted

After years of six-month-long port-of-origin fumigation reprieves, Pulse Canada wants certainty

The Canadian pulse industry has been granted another stop-gap extension for a key fumigation requirement, but nobody is mistaking this development for a permanent solution. India, a key market for the crops, fears shipments could be contaminated with nematodes, something they say could put their domestic crops at risk. Therefore they require shipments to be […] Read more

Pulses toward back of research pack

While biotechnology has made big changes to some types of crop production, pulses remain underfunded

When competing against staple crops like corn, wheat and rice, pulses get the short end of the research funding stick. Speaking to a crowd of biotechnology insiders at the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference in Fargo, North Dakota last week, Professor Irvin Widders said the sheer variety of pulse crops guarantees funding will be spread across […] Read more

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Chefs to celebrate pulse crops

A special pulse menu is part of a six-month project to celebrate Canadian cuisine

The Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers are teaming up with a consortium of chefs who are celebrating — while simultaneously creating — a uniquely Canadian cuisine. The Sentruhl Project (pronounced central) is spending the next six months inviting Manitobans to dine with them every Saturday and Sunday, when the chefs will prepare a new tasting […] Read more