The U-S Food and Drug Administration recently gave approval to Agrisoma Biosciences to produce a new animal feed from carinata, which is mostly produced as an industrial oilseed.

Steve Fabijanski, President and CEO of Agrisoma, says there has been a push in recent years to expand the use of carinata and its export markets, and its approval for feed use in the U-S is a positive development.

"It's a pretty low fibre feed, very high protein, so it's very competitive with soybean and also it's non-GMO," he said. "One of the things the feed market is looking at, is for differentiated products around protein content as well as status with regards to generally modified."      

Fabijanski also spoke about the approval process. 

"We've already had the approval in Canada, but Canada and the U.S. have historically been very close so we wanted to make sure we had the approval in the U.S. which took a little longer, but we did get it and we're quite pleased with that," he said.    

Fabijanski adds they are conducting more demo trials of carinata in various parts of Western Canada, and are looking to have up to 75,000 seeded acres for the crop in the west by next year.

More Ag News

Students from Swift Current and area learned more about their food at Food Farm.

Grade 4 students from Swift Current and area schools were out at the Food Farm to take part in the harvest and learn more about their food. Kari Burnett with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture…

The Old Farmer's Almanac taking a crack a fall

The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting what the rest of the month and October will look like. While they were way off track with the summer forecast they are predicting a warm end of the month and…

More Producers and Feedlot Operators needed for CETA

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, also know as CETA comes into effect this Thursday. Under the agreement, there will be new duty-free quotas for…

Ranchman’s Ridin' & Recitin a chance to watch the top ranch hands

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, be sure to check out the Ranchman’s Ridin' & Recitin' event over at Kinetic Park. The event runs Saturday and Sunday and is free to attend. It’s a…

Southern parts of province has their crops hit with frost

A number of areas in the Southern part of province hit with frost over the last couple of nights. Shannon Friesen is the acting cropping management specialist with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of…

NAFTA Talk in Canada this Weekend

The third round of NAFTA talks is set to take place this weekend in Ottawa. John Masswohl, Director of Government and International Relations with the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, says NAFTA has…

National report prioritizes profitability of wheat industry

A new national report identifies priorities for the profitability of Canada's Wheat Industry. Cereals Canada Chief Executive Officer Cam Dahl says in the 2017 Canadian Wheat Research Priorities…

Chat with Finance Minister leaves Saskatchewan farmer frustrated

A 10-minute phone conversation with Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau left one Saskatchewan farmer frustrated. Morneau asked opposition MPs to send him contact information for Canadians concerned…

West Central Saskatchewan benefiting from investment in Saskatchewan’s Pulse and Organic sector

West Central Saskatchewan is benefiting from a key investment in Saskatchewan’s Pulse and Organic sector. Film director James Cameron, his wife and partners are involved in Verdient, a new pulse food…

Historic southwest ranch designated as a Provincial Heritage Property

A distinct recognition was handed out by the provincial government Monday honouring the Historic Reesor Ranch. The 113-year-old W.D. & Alice Reesor Ranch located in the Cypress Hills was designated a…

Film director James Cameron investing in Saskatchewan pea-processing plant

There was a key announcement yesterday for Saskatchewan’s Organic Industry. Canadian-born film director James Cameron and his wife are partnering with Greg and Olivia Yuel, of PIC Investment Group,…

A sad state of affairs for top soil moisture in southwest Saskatchewan

Top soil moisture in southwest Saskatchewan has taken a big hit due to the summer's weather, and World Weather Meteorologist Andrew Owen said a reversal of fortune doesn't appear imminent. "It is not…

AgLink newest voice of agriculture suppliers

AgLink Canada, a new voice for Western Canadian Independent Agricultural Input Suppliers was launched Friday in Saskatoon. Dennis Belani from the Rack at Bigger is the group’s Chairman. He says with…

MacAulay comments On Liberals' proposed tax changes

We've been hearing loud and clear how many farmers feel in regards to the Liberals' proposed tax changes for small business. There have been concerns that the proposed changes would make it more…

Agricultural economist discusses challenges ahead for producers

A stronger Canadian dollar and higher interest rates may make the business of agriculture more challenging, but not necessarily put producers in a weaker financial position. Last week FCC released…

Hog forward contract prices on the decline

The director of risk management with Hams Marketing Services says things have really deteriorated for hogs on the forward contract price side. Tyler Fulton notes we're seeing October and December…

Provincial crop report shows significant harvest progress

Farmers have been pushing hard to get the bulk of the crop in before the rain arrived. Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report shows provincially about 65% of the crop is now combined, up from…

Alberta MP criticizes proposed tax changes' effect on farmers

The federal conservative's associate agriculture critic says the Liberals proposed tax changes are just the latest in a long list of moves that have hurt Canadian farmers. Alberta MP John Barlow…

Norm Hall talks about Bill C-49

The Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture Norm Hall appeared before the House of Commons Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. The Committee was holding hearings on Bill C-49, the act…

Agricultural Commodity Boards looking for producers

A number of Agricultural Commodity Boards are looking for producers who are interested in taking a more active role in the industry. Three positions are open at the board table for the Saskatchewan…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Salvation Army Monday Night Meal

11 September 2017 5:30 pm - 28 November 2017 5:30 pm

Swift Current Salvation Army, Swift Current





Morse Museum Fall Supper

24 September 2017 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Morse Community Centre, Morse





Senior's Center Sale

25 September 2017 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Senior's Center, Swift Current





Gentle Yoga

25 September 2017 7:00 pm

Swift Current Branch Library, Swift Current





Renz's Rounds (cued ballroom dancing)

25 September 2017 7:30 pm

Swift Current First United Church gym, Swift Current





Oratorio Choir Practice

25 September 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Zion Mennonite Church





Oratorio Choir AGM

25 September 2017 8:15 pm

Zion Mennonite Church





Login