From a news release
Grain Farmers of Ontario and SGS Canada Inc. unveiled the Grains Analytical Testing Laboratory with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, July 11 in Guelph. Grain industry professionals from across Ontario were in attendance to mark the historic occasion.
“This grand opening is the first time a producer organization and a private company joined to open a lab of this nature in Canada,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We are pleased to work with SGS Canada on this initiative and look forward to the value-added opportunities it will bring Ontario farmers through a better understanding of Ontario cereal crops.”
SGS Canada and Grain Farmers of Ontario representatives outlined the lab is a historic joint venture as the first private commercial grains and analytical testing facility for cereal crops in Canada.
The laboratory will better position Canadian farmers in both domestic and export markets, and will grow to include corn and soybeans in the future.
Data gained will be used by Grain Farmers of Ontario to conduct their annual Ontario Wheat Quality scoop, in addition to other market development and research projects.
“This lab is our way to help this industry be more competitive, better informed and more innovative,” says Don Slobodzian, Vice President Agriculture and Food, SGS Canada. “It is a welcome addition to our Agriculture Testing Facility, which already performs soil and feed testing, as well as greenhouse analytical services.”
Located at SGS’s testing facility in Guelph, the Grains Analytical Testing Laboratory offers a full suite of tests including rheological testing, physical dough and bake testing, protein levels and more.
The lab will also offer commercial services for Ontario, Canadian and North American millers and processors.