Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner

Valley Bio Ltd.

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Reuben Stone, MPP Grant Crack and Keanan Stone

Reuben Stone, MPP Grant Crack and Keanan Stone

When growing crops that are often eaten raw, microbial counts must be kept low to avoid contamination. After industrial hemp grain grower Reuben Stone had a harvest ruined by microbial contamination, he set about to develop his own grain disinfection system. Stone's ground-breaking innovation comes with many benefits. The active ingredient is an approved food additive under the Canadian Organic Standards, allowing disinfected grain to maintain raw food status. Most farmers already own the equipment required and the cost-effective disinfection process adds only a few hours to total grain processing time. Unlike their competitors, the Valley Bio system does not leave behind any residue or smell. Hemp grain, buckwheat and distillers' rye have all been successfully treated, with testing now underway on corn and wheat.


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