Grain Farmers of Ontario has signed a joint venture agreement with inspection and testing company SGS Canada to create a full analytical cereal crop testing facility in southern Ontario.
The Ontario Grains Laboratory will be located in Guelph and will conduct a full suite of grain quality and milling tests.
“This lab will be the first of its kind in our province and will position Ontario as a strong leader, for domestic and international markets, in cereal crops,” said Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario, announcing the joint venture on Tuesday. “We are very pleased to officially announce this initiative with SGS Canada and we are confident that, upon completion, this lab will be a great asset to the grain industry.”
Hiring and equipment purchasing for the lab has already started, as the agreement with SGS was signed in December. GFO is investing in capital to develop the lab, which will be housed in SGS’ existing facility in Guelph. In return, GFO will receive credit for services in the lab for the annual Ontario Wheat Quality scoop and other market development and research projects.
“The Ontario Grains Laboratory allows us to draw on our existing expertise to open a whole new penetration of our business for the Canadian market, especially in Ontario,” noted Don Slobodzian, Vice President Agriculture and Food, SGS Canada.
The lab is expected to be fully operational this spring.
The move to partner with SGS on the cereal crop facility comes less than a year after GFO added barley and oats to the portfolio of crops the organization represents (in addition to corn, soybeans and wheat.)