The Feeds Innovation Institute is mandated to draw together a wide cross section of scientific disciplines and industry interests focused on feed product development. The rational for existence is the development and utilization of University of Saskatchewan (U of S) infrastructure and expertise for purposes of optimizing the value derived from the Saskatchewan feeds value chain. As an entity within the UofS and through financial support by SAF, FII endeavours to promote the public good of FII and the public institutions FII associates with. The combination of fee-for-service and public good mandates is a basic tenant of FII and the rationale and philosophy by which FII does not compete with private consultants in the feeds industry.
There are three stakeholder groups which are important for the long term success of FII as a vehicle to commercialize U of S feeds research activities. The three stakeholder groups are the U of S, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (SMA) and private industry. These three stakeholder groups have interacted through the history of feeds research and extension at the University of Saskatchewan. The three stakeholders consulted and co-developed the rationale for reorganization and re-scoping of the Prairie Feeds Resource Centre into the Feeds Innovation Institute and have been involved in all strategic planning of the Feeds Innovation Institute to date. These groups are represented within the governance structures of the FII.
The FII is a UofS Type A research centre. FII is governed by the steering committee which consists of the deans of Agriculture and Bioresources, Engineering, Edwards School of Business, the Assistant Deputy Minister of SMA and the Vice President of Enterprise Saskatchewan. Connections to Saskatchewan industry are made through the "Industry Advisory Committee" which is created from the paid membership of FII. The long term strategic direction of FII will be shaped through the formation of the strategic advisory board, which has not yet been created.
Advisory and Development
FII provides advisory services on a contract basis. Areas of expertise include:
- Nutritional and antinutritional chemistry
- Animal feed development and evaluation
- Feed processing
- Product development
- Market feasibility analysis
- CFIA feed registration
- FDA/USDA/AAFCO regulatory advisement
- Research network coordination
- Project management
- Proposal development
FII employs a full time laboratory technician and offers a variety of nutritional and anti-nutritional analyses (List of Analyses) on a fee for service basis. The amount of sample needed is dependent on the analysis requested.
Please send samples to:
Attention: Feeds Innovation Institute
University of Saskatchewan
Agriculture Building Shipping and Receiving
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8