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Agriculture Report

Gluten Free Chips


Kate Alexander launches the Chickito.


Kate Alexander couldn't find many gluten-free snack foods in the grocery store, so she decided to make her own.

The result is a gluten-free chip made mostly from chickpeas.

And it's landed the recent graduate of the nutrition and food science program at the University of Alberta a spot in a national competition for food development.

The Chickito -- as Alexander and her teammates call the product -- went up against two competing entries in the Mission Impulsible contest.

The event is a publicity campaign for Pulse Canada -- an industry group that represents growers, processors and traders of peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas.

One other entry is the Benny Bar -- a granola bar replacement made from lentils and chickpeas.

And the other entry is Dip n' Go - a combination of a crisp made of beans, peas and chickpeas and three different dips made from beans, lentils or peas.


Hundreds of producers will be at the Elora Research Centre today and tomorrow for the Farm Smart Expo.

It's being hosted by the University of Guelph and OMAFRA and features different exhibitors and speakers that will talk about crop production and pests.

The two day event also allows farmers to take part in different hands on diagnostics stations to help develop different farm techniques.


The U-S Department of Agriculture are projecting corn supplies to be higher than expected this fall.

It says 880 million bushels of corn will be left over when the harvest begins -- an increase from the previous estimate of 295 million hectares.

News of the big corn crop brought down global corn prices 20 per cent over the last month.


Programs aimed at getting school children to eat locally grown food have exploded in popularity in the U-S.

Agriculture officials say the programs have spread so quickly -- the agency in charge doesn't have up-to-date figures on how many schools are serving students local vegetables, fruits and meat.

But one non-profit estimates there are more than 250 programs involving more than 10 thousand schools in all 50 states.


The dairy group that created the "Got Milk?'' campaign is back with a new marketing strategy that already is generating plenty of buzz.

The California Milk Processor Board is encouraging men to buy more milk for their wives and girlfriends -- which the campaign says will help them fend off the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

The campaign is based on studies that have found a link between calcium intake and fewer P-M-S symptoms.

It cites a 2005 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that found calcium improved P-M-S symptoms in women.



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