Three Albertans receive scholarships

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Three Alberta students are among 19 Prairie-wide who have received $500 scholarships from FarmLink Marketing Solutions’s Farming Futures program.

The plan funds high school scholarships for students in agriculture, post-secondary research in grain marketing, and community projects and initiatives to help farm families faced with sudden hardship related to natural disasters.

Rural scholarships in the amounts of $500 were given to graduating students with an average of 80 per cent or above, who intended to pursue higher education within an agricultural-, business-, arts- or science-related field.

In 2012, FarmLink has allocated $25,000 to be distributed to youth and community-based projects in Western Canada.

Alberta recipients include Nadine Jensen, Claresholm; Tyler Zabolotniuk, High Prairie and Adam McMillan, Westlock.

Beans officially a “Good Source of Protein”

staff Pulse Canada says new data adopted by Health Canada means food manufacturers can now include statements like “Good Source of Protein” on canned and dried pulses (peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas).

Health Canada recently approved Pulse Canada’s submission to adopt new protein efficiency ratio (PER) data for pulses. PER values are used to determine the protein rating which is based on a 250-ml serving, Health Canada’s reasonable daily intake (RDI) for pulses.

Previously only cooked chickpeas (a 250-ml serving) could make a claim for “Good Source of Protein,” based on existing PER values. Research completed in 2010-11 shows that additional pulses may now be eligible for protein content claims.

“The nutritional value of protein is based on both quantity and quality. These newly adopted PER values will enable the industry to highlight the protein in pulses, creating a new marketing opportunity,” Tanya Der, Pulse Canada’s manager of food innovation and marketing said in a release.

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