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Pulse weekly outlook: Alberta markets optimistic despite weather

MarketsFarm — Varied weather across Alberta has made for an unpredictable pulse harvest. “We’ve seen everything from drought-like conditions in the south, to an overabundance of water in the central region, and to some degree in the north as well,” said Leanne Fischbuch, executive director of Alberta Pulse. Despite less-than-favourable weather conditions, pulse producers are […] Read more

Grain Commission suspends ILTA Grain’s licenses

Farmers owed money for grain delivered to ILTA Grain Inc. should call the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The CGC on Thursday suspended the Surrey, B.C.-based company’s grain dealer’s license and its primary grain elevator licenses for elevators at Belle Plaine and Saskatoon, Sask., Remi Gosselin, the CGC’s manager of corporate information services, said in an […] Read more


AGT’s privatization to proceed

CNS Canada — AGT Food and Ingredients has announced a definitive agreement to take the publicly-traded Saskatchewan pulse and durum processing and export firm private. If all conditions are met, the deal is expected to go through in the first quarter of 2019. The buyer group, including AGT CEO Murad Al-Katib, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited […] Read more



Film director Cameron backing Saskatchewan organic pea plant

A major new pulse plant has set up shop southwest of Saskatoon with plans to help back development of pulse-based foods and mentor organic growers — and bringing with it a pair of unusually high-profile investors. Verdient Foods on Monday announced the opening of a pulse food processing plant at Vanscoy, Sask., with plans for […] Read more

Peace Country producer Caroline Sekulic said mixing with hundreds of international pulse traders, buyers, and sellers convinced her that there’s a very bright future for her crops.

It’s a great time to be a pulse grower

Five Alberta farmers attending the world’s biggest pulse event get an up-close look at the red-hot market for pulses

Caroline Sekulic just got back from the biggest pulse convention in the world — and she has a message for Alberta farmers. “We have to stay competitive and we have to keep on it with our market access initiatives,” said the Peace Country farmer, who was one of five Alberta pulse growers at the conference […] Read more


Nominees sought for Pulse Industry Innovator Award

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 8

The Alberta Pulse Growers Commission is seeking nominees for its third annual Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. An industry innovator is a person who has worked to help nurture and shape the pulse industry and contributed to the success of the industry as it is today. Innovators have contributed to the industry in one or […] Read more

Look past farming — you’re in the food business

FarmTech: Pulse leader says improving health and 
the nutrition of people who eat your food 
should be a top priority

Focus on food, not farming. Health is both a huge global issue and a deeply personal matter, and farmers should be focusing on that and nutrition, said Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon. “The variety registration program covers 50 tests to have a variety registered for production — none has to do with nutrition, let alone […] Read more


Alberta producer Allison Ammeter (right) joined celebrity chef Michael Smith and culinary author Anita Stewart at the launch of the International Year of Pulses in Toronto earlier this month. Ammeter is the Canadian chair of the IYP as well as chair of Alberta Pulse Growers. The trio was photobombed by cookbook author Julie Van Rosendaal at the event, part of this year’s worldwide effort to promote pulse consumption.

Sky-high prices spark a boom in pulse production

Drought in India has sent prices to record highs, but the challenge for 
Alberta growers is finding yellow pea and red lentil seed

Expect to be hearing a lot more about pulses in 2016. And seeing a lot more of them, too — as western Canadian pulse acreage is set to soar this year. “Red lentils and yellow peas will be the leaders,” said Wes Reid, purchasing manager for WA Pulse Solutions, an Innisfail-based commodity buyer and seller. […] Read more

Here’s where to get help if you’re leaping into growing pulses

Thinking of growing pulses this year? Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a number of fact sheets and other information at agriculture.alberta.ca. Some of the documents were done several years ago, and the information is not comprehensive. But the last document in the list — Varieties of Pulse Crops in Alberta — was published a year […] Read more