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New colour sorter helps Peace region seed producers

“It is a very cool and pretty unique facility."

There’s some brand-new equipment on hand the South Peace Grain …what is it all about?

The new colour sorter, courtesy with a little help from a Northern Development Initiative Trust grant – arrived late last year. 

With more than 50 years of seed cleaning experience – the colour sorter is just the most recent in a long line of support for producers – with the ability accommodate both common and pedigreed seeds.

“The new sorter separates by kernel colour and has the capacity of 1,000 bushels an hour ” says team lead out at SPG - Harris Ford.

“It has helped exceed our production capacity and has us looking to expand in new ways.”

By way of history - 1963 grain producers from Rolla, Dawson Creek, Progress, Groundbirch, Bay Tree, and Bonanza formed the South Peace Grain Cleaning Cooperative Association to construct a seed cleaning facility for member producers. With support from the City of Dawson Creek, local businesses, the BC and Alberta governments, and the founding members, the original facility was built and operated successfully until 1987.

There are eight full-time employees at the SPG and 100 plus on their membership list – serving both BC and Alberta seed producers.

“It is a very cool and pretty unique facility, says Ford adding the new separator will add to a more consistent seed for producers and growers.

SPG will be having a BBQ and open house on August 10 to highlight the new equipment and new products in their livestock feed lines.

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