Cigi involved in canola scientific exchange with China


Rex (centre) at the Oilseed Research Institute in Hubei, China with Dr.Yanxing Niu, a researcher at the Institute, and Dr. Roujun Wang, a professor from the China Agricultural University in Beijing.

Dr. Rex Newkirk, Cigi’s VP of Research and Innovation, visited the Chinese Oilseed Research Institute in Hubei, China on a scientific exchange June 4-12.  Cigi was invited by Chinese officials to work with researchers at the institute with a focus on adding value to canola meal in feed and industrial applications.  Rex gave formal seminars on canola processing research as well as an overview of the research being conducted in Canada as part of the Canola Council Science Cluster. China has become an important market for Canada’s canola seed, meal, and oil and scientific exchanges such as this support the government’s efforts to create awareness of the products and to help open doors for future trade.  Cigi also signed a letter of Memorandum of Understanding with the institute and is looking forward to working closely with them on research which benefits both countries.

“I was thoroughly impressed with the facilities, the scientists, and the quality of research being conducted at the Oilseed Research Institute in Hubei,” said Rex upon his return. “They are investing a lot of money and talent to support their industries in China.”

In August, two of the scientists who Rex worked with in China are coming to Canada to visit Cigi and universities in Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.  He says that oilseed crops are important to China and as a country they will require more vegetable oil and protein in the future so they are working to ensure they have what it needs to support its rapidly growing livestock industry.  “Canada is a great partner and we are happy to work with China to meet these needs.” 

The exchange coincided with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz’s mission to China promoting greater trade and the Canola Council of Canada’s seminar and press event to highlight the results of dairy studies showing how canola meal produced from Canadian canola seed increases milk production and profitability. Rex acted as a technical resource during these events and presented at the Canola Council Seminar in China on June 14.  Cigi was also actively involved in the Minister’s trade mission in China in Beijing.