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Saskatchewan gearing towards biodiesel development

REGINA, Sask. -- Saskatchewan is the latest western province to take steps towards establishing biodiesel developme...

REGINA, Sask. — Saskatchewan is the latest western province to take steps towards establishing biodiesel development inside its borders. The province has scheduled a biodiesel development information session for March 23, joining B.C. and Manitoba in similar developments.

In late January, B.C. hosted its own information session where industry and government leaders discussed necessary steps in increasing biodiesel production. In Manitoba, funding for the Manitoba Biodiesel Production Program was announced in February, along with appointments to the province’s biodiesel board.

Opportunities for biodiesel development in northeast Saskatchewan will be discussed at an information evening in Humboldt, sponsored by the Carlton Trail Regional Economic Development Authority (REDA) and the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce.

“It is very important that producers, community leaders and other stakeholders gain a better understanding of the biodiesel industry on a provincial and global basis,” said Edie Spagrud, Carlton Trail REDA economic development officer. “We have a lot to learn about the risks, implications and opportunities in the area of value-added processing and biodiesel in particular. Education is very important at this stage.”

Biodiesel Provincial Task Force co-chairperson Judie Dyck will be the guest speaker at Biodiesel Basics, and will address the opportunities, challenges and importance of biodiesel production in Saskatchewan. The information evening is aimed at municipal leaders, agricultural producers, grain processing and handling representatives, economic developers, business organizations and individuals interested in biodiesel.

“Biodiesel production is just one of the ways Saskatchewan can capitalize on its natural advantages,” said Clay Serby, Deputy Premier and Minister of Regional Economic and Co-operative Development. “Developing this industry can benefit our rural economy through value-added activity and spin-off jobs in surrounding service sectors.”

Advanced registration is required for the event by March 20th. For more information on Biodiesel Basics, call 306-682-2631.

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