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Lucent BioSciences says it has developed a new type of water-insoluble micronutrient fertilizer that can significantly improve plant stand counts and yields in field crops.

B.C. startup company says it’s found a better way to deliver fertilizer

Product uses cellulose to bind micronutrients and keep them from leaching away

Reading Time: 4 minutes A Vancouver startup says it has created a “sustainable smart fertilizer” with a product made out of the hulls of lentils and peas. Lucent BioSciences says its product, called Soileos, drives an “on-demand” delivery of nutrients to plants while reducing farmers’ carbon footprint. And because it is made with cellulose, it is not water soluble […] Read more

Botaneco — a Calgary company that extracts oils from oilseeds sourced from the Prairies — is being held up as an example of what value-added processing could do for the oilseed sector.

Protein supercluster backs Calgary oilseed processor

Industry will match PIC's $4 million

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Calgary company that has developed a unique way to process oil from canola, hemp, sunflower, and safflower seeds is the first recipient of funding from a protein ‘supercluster.’ Protein Industries Canada, one of five federally backed research and innovation superclusters, is putting in $4 million to commercialize plant protein processing technology developed by Botaneco […] Read more


This photo shows the conceptual site plan for a $400-million pea processing facility that French multinational Roquette will be building in Portage la Prairie, Man. If efforts by Protein Industries Canada come to fruition, there will be a host of such processing plants in Western Canada in the decades to come.

Protein supercluster aims to transform food processing in Western Canada

The region can be a world powerhouse in value-added processing, says head of Protein Industries Canada

Reading Time: 3 minutes Protein Industries Canada has a plan to kickstart the growth of the plant-based protein sector in Western Canada over the next four years, says its CEO. “From a processing perspective, this is a growing industry in Canada — we’ve got 7,000 food processors,” Bill Greuel told attendees at the recent Bridge2Food Plant-Based Food Summit. But […] Read more

Two years ago, Chris Chivilo put a new pulse fractioning plant at Bowden on hold.
But now he’s “taking up the torch again.”

Prairie pulse processing still in next-year country

But that could change as ‘supercluster’ hands out first $40 million to spur processing on the Prairies

Reading Time: 4 minutes Chris Chivilo was nearly ready to break ground on a brand new pulse fractioning plant in Bowden when the bottom fell out of the market. “Two and a half years ago, we got very close, and then the pulse market went to hell,” said Chivilo, president of W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions. “So we put […] Read more


Late-summer launch for protein projects

Reading Time: < 1 minute Protein Industries Canada says it will receive up to $153 million in federal funding for its efforts to make Canada a world leader in the development of plant-based proteins. The consortium of more than 120 businesses, farm groups, universities, and other industry players is one of five groups sharing $950 million over five years from […] Read more

(Video screengrab from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada via YouTube)

Plant protein supercluster makes cut for federal funding

At the table with artificial intelligence, big data, advanced manufacturing and ocean-based energy, Prairie pulse, oilseed and cereal crops are in for a share of federal support to spur innovation in Canada. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains on Thursday announced Protein Industries Canada (PIC) as one of five “superclusters” which will receive […] Read more