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New Albany, IN –Custom mixing systems from INDCO are engineered to optimize unique processing projects including batch size, material properties, agitation levels, and more to achieve desired process results. Working closely with customers to fully understand industry requirements as well as operational and site-specific constraints, INDCO engineers can develop a mixing system including mixers and tanks from simple open-top designs to full ASME jacketed vessels.  Whether temperature is controlled to ensure viscosity of materials, to utilize heat as a catalyst, or for other reasons, jacketed tanks are often a crucial element of custom mixing system designs.  INDCO engineers can provide a fully integrated mixing tank and mixer design including tank jackets and a host of other features including polished and electropolished surfaces, dip tubes and drain valve designs, and more.

Careful consideration of the full range of mechanical operating parameters ensures process results while avoiding vibration at critical speeds. If standard INDCO mixers are not ideally suited for the task, their engineers can customize one. All components are carefully considered, including impeller type and size, motor horsepower and speed, weight, resulting flow throughout the vessel, materials of construction, and more. Close collaboration between customers and INDCO’s engineering team, attention to detail, and immediate response times, are critical to the success of custom mixer projects.

All INDCO products are made in the USA with industry leading warranties and lead-times.  In addition to custom mixer systems, they manufacture a full line of standard and custom mixers. Their team of mixing engineers are available to provide selection and application assistance at any stage of the process. 

Full information is available on their comprehensive website, www.INDCO.com, by calling (800) 851-1049, or via email at info@INDCO.com.

 
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When you bite into a juicy burger or sausage, you experience a unique taste and texture that many know and love. Scientists with the University of Guelph are using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan to improve vegan meats and get them to taste more like the real thing.

Alejandro Marangoni, a professor with the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph, says there are many advantages to plant-based foods, including health benefits, improved animal welfare, and a reduced impact on the environment.

“Agriculture is responsible for over 25 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and by some calculations, it's even greater than the oil and gas industry,” says Marangoni. “So, any choices we make in terms of the food we eat will have a very large impact on the sustainability signature of food production.”

Marangoni lives a mostly vegan lifestyle and knows that the pleasure we get from eating plays a large role in what food we choose to eat. “Fat brings all the flavor and the juiciness that is associated with animal products, which plant-based products don't have,” he said.

The fat in animal products is in a completely different state than what is found in current vegan products; it does not easily separate when cooked.

“Many manufacturers of plant-based products just throw an oil inside the mix that then becomes a gel that is supposed to resemble a piece of meat,” explains Marangoni. “What you notice immediately when you put a vegan sausage in a frying pan is a pool of oil forming underneath. It all leaks out.” The product will then taste dry and grainy because most of the fat has separated.

Marangoni’s team has taken the first steps to remedying this problem. The researchers have developed solid plant-based fats and a vegan meat prototype with a similar texture to meat products. They published their recent findings in Food Research International.

They demonstrated that by rearranging molecules they were able to turn different types of liquid oils into solids without adding saturated or hydrogenated fat, and create vegan fats with similar characteristics as those of pork, beef, and lamb. “Our research at the Canadian Light Source has been essential for the development of these products,” says Marangoni.

The team used the BXDS, BMIT, and Mid-IR beamlines at the CLS to characterize the solid structure of the fats they created and understand the interaction between these fats and other components in the food. The group also showed that they could scale up the production of these oils, which would help make these products viable for manufacturers and ultimately more affordable for consumers.

The next step for the researchers is to trap this plant-based solid fat in a scaffold within vegan meats so it doesn’t leak out when cooked. They have identified promising scaffolds in waste plant products and are conducting this ongoing research at the CLS.

“I think it's going to be a game changer when people start eating this product we’re developing,” says Marangoni.

He feels his team’s research on vegan foods could create an opportunity for Canada to become a leader in plant-based protein production.

“There is a supply of proteins from legumes grown extensively in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and central Canada. Our group is working to use these crops in vegan meats that will be inexpensive, delicious, and what people want,” he said. “If those two things can come together, I think it could be a golden age for agriculture in Canada.”

 
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Regina, Saskatchewan, December 12, 2023Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is announcing the release of a new Will and Estate Pre-Planning Tool for Canadian farms. It will provide producers with the starting point they need to think about how to successfully plan for the future of their operations.

The Farm Transition - Will and Estate Pre-Planning Tool for Canadian farms is based on Dr. Tom Deans’ Willing Wisdom Index platform. It has been adapted to reflect the unique needs of Canadian farm owners. Producers will get their own personalized recommendations and checklist minutes after answering a series of questions. The checklist will identify what is being done well and any existing gaps in estate planning.

“The tool is meant to give urgency to a conversation that families often find difficult to start,” said Dr. Tom Deans, intergenerational wealth transfer expert, speaker, and author. There’s no other industry where a business owner forges such a close emotional connection to the business. You live on the very thing you are working. It’s more than a business, it’s an identity and to transition it to someone else is excruciating and a deeply emotional subject.”

The will and estate tool can be used to start a conversation between family members on how to bring in and use resources like lawyers, accountants, and wealth advisors in their plans.

“Many people in the agriculture industry tell us that will, and estate planning is an overwhelming task and so it’s common for producers to avoid it. This tool complements the FCC’s Advisory Services who are already helping Canadian farmers begin these conversations,” said Greg Thomarat, FCC manager, advisory services. “By using the tool, producers will gain greater insight into this important step in their transition journey, as well as come away with a list of questions to bring to their advisors in advance of those plans.”

Once families get rolling on it, they are remarkably resilient at moving through the planning process,” said Deans. “Often the second generation is waiting for their parents to say, ‘hey we need to talk about where the farm is going’, but the kids don’t know how to start the conversation and the parents are afraid of the conversation and then if someone dies, it’s a mess.”

Deans encourages people to point to the report as a reason to start talking about will and estate planning and avoid the erosion of family relationships and wealth.

A farmer will take 8 to 10 minutes, go through the checklist, hit enter, get the report, and see what they have to do. The recommendations will be clear and a common one will be to sit down and talk to the family,” said Deans. “You can blame the index and say ‘hey I did this, and it says we should sit down. What do you guys think?’ Blame the report but now you have something in your hand that you can point to which is very different than saying ‘we need to talk’.”

The will and estate pre-planning tool is free, completely anonymous, and confidential. The personalized checklist and recommendations producers receive include actions that can be taken immediately. They can then go back to the tool multiple times to see their score improve and checklist change based on what they have accomplished. It can be found at WillingWisdom.com/FCC.

 
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[MISSISSAUGA, ON, DECEMBER 4th—] As a leading international provider of weighing and packaging line solutions for over 130 years, Ishida has been steadily expanding operations in Canada, becoming a trusted partner to hundreds of businesses in the retail grocery and food manufacturing industries. The hiring of bilingual Account Manager, Carlos Sanchez, is reflective of continuous growth for Ishida and the ongoing effort to improve country-wide operations, particularly in the Québec region and Atlantic provinces.

With extensive experience in sales, account management and business development in the electronics industry, Carlos is well accustomed to the demands of this sales environment. Based in Québec, his fluency in English, French and Spanish will help improve business relations amongst the French-speaking clientele and provide additional support to operations in the east.

“For over 130 years, Ishida has been a reliable partner to multiple businesses worldwide. Ishida is a global leader in the design and manufacture of weighing, packaging, and labelling solutions for industrial and retail applications. Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, Ishida has offices in over 100 countries and makes a continuous effort to deliver unique, innovative manufacturing solutions to every business, providing only the highest quality equipment and services that its current and future customer can trust.”

 
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Regina, Saskatchewan, December 4, 2023 – Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) economics team says rekindling productivity growth in Canadian agriculture is a $30 billion opportunity over 10 years according to a new report.

“If the agriculture industry can return productivity growth to where it was two decades ago, FCC estimates it would add as much as $30 billion in net cash income over ten years,” says J.P. Gervais, FCC’s chief economist. “Developing innovative solutions, adopting new technology and leveraging data and insights can boost productivity growth and pay off in a big way for Canadian farms.” 

Canada’s agricultural productivity growth has slowed since 2011 which is consistent with global agricultural productivity trends.

Agricultural productivity evaluates how inputs such as labour, capital, land, fertilizer, and feed are efficiently transformed into outputs such as crops, livestock and aquaculture products. Productivity growth happens when producers increase their output using the same or smaller quantities of inputs.

Total factor productivity measures the combined effects of new technologies, efficiency improvements and economies of scale. It is a key metric for assessing trends in agricultural productivity.

“Between 1971 and 2000 there was steady productivity growth on Canadian farms before hitting a plateau,” explains Gervais. “We are now seeing declining growth with a further decline projected for the next ten years. While that is the current projection, the entire agrifood supply chain can rally around the innovation spirit of farm input manufacturers and suppliers, farm operators, researchers, and food processors to restore growth in agricultural productivity towards its peak.”

Average annual total factor productivity growth in Canadian agriculture by decade

Sources: USDA database on agricultural productivity and FCC calculations

As a global leader in growing, processing and exporting safe and reliable food, Canadian producers have a long history of adopting new technology and production practices that feed the world and protect the environment.

“The world’s population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion people by 2050. The Canadian agriculture industry is well positioned to be a leader in the technology and innovation that will meet that demand for food,” says Justine Hendricks, FCC president and CEO. “At FCC we offer a full complement of financing services and resources to support the industry in sustainably increasing its productivity and maximizing the resulting economic gains.”

The $30 billion opportunity that exists for the industry by restoring productivity growth to its historical peak is calculated using a framework that takes into account the relationship between total factor productivity,  farm product prices and farm input prices.

“I have confidence in the agriculture industry’s ability to enhance productivity growth,” said Hendricks. “FCC is dedicated to supporting our customers as they meet these new demands and pursue productivity improvements through a variety of operational shifts designed to reduce input costs and maximize efficiencies.”

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, dedicated to the industry that feeds the world. FCC employees are committed to the long-standing success of those who produce and process Canadian food by providing flexible financing, AgExpert business management software, information, and knowledge. FCC provides a complement of expertise and services designed to support the complex and evolving needs of food businesses. As a financial Crown corporation, FCC is a stable partner that reinvests profits back into the industry and communities it serves. For more information, visit fcc.ca.

 

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