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Correction Winter Wheat:

Of the six registered Canada Western Red Winter wheats in Seed Manitoba 2009 five are rated “very poor” for resistance to fusarium head blight and one is rated “fair.” Incorrect information appeared in the Jan. 29 issue.

GPS, GIS training available:

Farmers can now receive training workshops on global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Workshops will be held during February and March in Carman, Steinbach, Dauphin and Brandon. More information is available from MAFRI GO offices. Precision agriculture workshops will increase producers’ ability to use advanced technology on their farms, Agriculture Minister Rosann Wowchuk said Jan. 28. Examples of site-specific farming include variable-rate fertility programs to improve fertilizer application on farmland.

Maple Leaf settlement:

Lawyers will be in court in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec next month to seek approval for a proposed Canada-wide settlement of class-action lawsuits against Maple Leaf Foods Ltd. over last year’s listeriosis outbreak at its Toronto sandwich meat-processing plant. The proposed settlement provides for the creation of a $25 million settlement fund from which eligible claimants may receive compensation. If the settlement is approved, in order to be eligible to receive compensation, claimants must complete, sign, and return a claim form.

Game over for La Broquerie:

The southeastern town of La Broquerie was stopped short of the goal by Terrace, B. C., in its play for local arena upgrades through CBC TV’s Hockeyville contest. Terrace won the west division’s Top 5 berth, guaranteeing at least $25,000 in upgrades and a shot at Hockeyville’s grand prize, $100,000 in upgrades plus a chance to host an NHL pre-season game. La Broquerie had been one of two western finalists in Hockeyville’s Top 10, from which the Top 5 and grand prizewinner are chosen through phone and online voting. The grand prizewinner will be revealed March 7.

Ridley settlement finalized:

Feed maker Ridley Inc. has finalized its settlement of Canadian cattle producers’ class-action suits over the discovery of BSE in the domestic herd. The Winnipeg firm now pays $6 million into a trust fund, to be immediately rolled over into funding for ongoing related suits against the federal government. Ridley’s settlement was conditional on a low number of cattle producers opting out of it; the company confirmed last week the number of opt-outs received is below its agreed threshold. Ridley’s settlement includes no admission of liability or wrongdoing.

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