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New funding for oat research trials relating to disease prevention

The Prairie Oat Growers Association will benefit from $106 thousand in federal funding for new research trials to better understand the role oats play in disease prevention.

Oats are generally considered to be a healthy food because of their soluble fibre content.

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says findings from the project will help create new market opportunities for Canadian oat producers.

"We’ve always known that Canadian crops are nutritious and through research, we are able to determine the long-term health benefits of our harvests, including their disease-fighting properties. This project is not only an investment in the health of Canadians, it opens doors to new market opportunities for our farmers and food processors."

The St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre in Winnipeg (Manitoba) is working with the Prairie Oat Growers to conduct animal feeding trials. 

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