Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Pulses Help Blood Sugar

By Fadi Didi

Research shows beans, peas and lentils can be used to steady blood sugar.

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The chief economist with Farm Credit Canada says we are seeing a shift in the ag cycle.

J.P. Gervais says instead of witnessing continued strong growth in farm cash receipts, we may see farm income level off.

He notes profit margins will be tighter but still positive, adding producers will need to focus on key areas to remain profitable.

Gervais adds while the immediate outlook may appear depressing, there are still a number of positives to focus on.

Those include low interest rates, the low Canadian dollar, and strong demand from emerging markets.


With a little more than a month left in the Obama administration, the Agriculture Department announced new rules aimed at protecting the rights of livestock and poultry producers.

A years-long fight over the regulations has pitted small farmers and ranchers against some of the nation's biggest meat companies.

The administration first proposed similar rules in 2010, but Congress blocked funds for them.

Congress lifted that ban in a spending bill last year.

A rule effective immediately would make it easier for farmers to sue the companies they contract with over unfair practices.


A medical marijuana company says it is expanding production with a massive new grow facility at Edmonton Airport.

Aurora Cannabis says the airport is close to customs for importing the supplies and equipment it needs and will make it easier to export pot across Canada and eventually to other countries where marijuana is legal.

The company says the 74,000-square-metre facility, called Aurora Sky, will be larger than 16 football fields and will be capable of producing more than 100,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.

The new operation is designed to meet a growing demand for medical marijuana.


Recent research by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada shows the nutritional value of pulses, such as peas, beans and lentils, can be enhanced for further health benefits.

The study shows they can become even better for humans by manipulating the types of starches found in them through various processing methods.

Researchers at the Guelph Research and Development Centre have been able to successfully increase the amount of slowly digestible starch in pulse-based breads.

They say that helps to keep glucose release into the blood stream slow and steady.

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