Canadian Small Business Wins $100,000 Grant from Telus to Aid a Sustainable Agriculture Industry

A Calgary-based small business is taking home a $100,000 grant to contribute to a more sustainable agriculture industry by researching new manure treatment technologies in support of its work of cleaning livestock manure.

Livestock Water Recycling beat out more than 1,000 Canadian companies to win the Telus and The Globe and Mail’s small business contes, which started in March.

Livestock Water Recycling specializes in manure treatment technologies for livestock operations. The company uses a patented water recycling system to clean and extract fertilizer nutrients from manure for reuse. However, the business says that it has faced market growth challenges resulting from strict government regulations around the importation of livestock manure and the capacity of its research lab.

“We’re immensely grateful for this grant that will allow us to innovate in Canada and enter international markets,” said Ross Thurston, president of the business. “This represents a huge vote of confidence in the future of our business.”

“By definition, Livestock Water Recycling may be a small business, but there’s nothing small about this company’s contribution to the sustainability of our very important agricultural sector,” said Jim Senko, Telus vice-president of Small Business Solutions.