This week the Aggie Days Feature Exhibitor is the Alberta Pulse Growers Commision, and guest posting today is Sydney Vos. She is the Member Relations Coordinator for the APGC. She works as a liaison between producers and the commission and promotes extension of pulse crops in Alberta. She grew up on a pedigreed seed farm near Fairview, Alberta and currently lives near Leduc. She is passionate about agriculture and spending time outdoors. You can follow Alberta Pulse on Facebook and Twitter.
What are Pulses?
Did you know pulses are the edible seeds of legume crops, including dried peas, beans, lentils, fababeans and chickpeas? They are an important crop for Albertan and Canadian prairie farmers. Some common dishes that include pulses are baked beans, split pea soup, humus and chili. Beans and other pulses are very high in fibre, good sources of protein; excellent source of iron, folate and most B-vitamins. Pulses are low in sodium but ensure to rinse canned pulses which may have added sodium. Health Canada advises Canadians eat more pulses, this helps reduce saturated fat and increase fibre in the diet. One Canada Food Guide serving of pulses is ¾ cup (175ml), about the size of a tennis ball.
Why Eat Pulses?
High fibre diets including pulses promote a healthy gut and controls blood sugar levels. Pulses help lower cholesterol, are naturally gluten-free and are affordable foods. Consider pulses in salads, appetizers, soups, sides and baking! You can find many recipes on our website.
Who is APGC?
Alberta Pulse Growers represents producers of pulse crops, dedicated to the principles of excellence in agricultural production and the wellbeing of all pulse producers. The Alberta Pulse Growers Commission (APGC) is a group elected by pulse growers to administer the Alberta Pulse Growers Marketing Plan established by the Alberta government in 1989. The head office has 6 staff and is located in Leduc. APGC provides a voice for growers by supporting and directing research, marketing, government relations, and national and international representation. APGC values organizational effectiveness and governance, creating and maintaining market demand for pulses and increasing producer profitability. For pulse production information you can visit our website under the Producer section.
What’s our Mission?
The mission of the organization is to provide leadership, increase the competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of pulse production, as well as promoting pulse health and environmental benefits.
What’s our Vision?
To have Alberta pulses recognized by consumers as environmentally friendly, healthy and nutritious and to be recognized by producers as being an essential element in a sustainable cropping system.