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Alternative Straw Use Industry

Several new industrial uses for straw are being explored and promoted. Straw as a replacement for wood fibre in paper and panel board products is receiving considerable attention.

It is estimated that a million tonnes of wheat straw are available for alternative uses during an average year in Alberta. This is after soil conservation and livestock uses are satisfied. The excess straw occurs mainly in the black soil zone. In other areas, sufficient straw to satisfy both the livestock and conservation demands is lacking. There are still some technological challenges to overcome, but several businesses are pursuing the potential of this industry in Alberta.

Department of the Environment. State of the Environment Report, Terrestrial Ecosystems. Edmonton: n.p., 2001. With permission from Alberta Environment.

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