Drought stories aplenty, and the Manitoba beef stabilization plan sees change

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Drought stories dominated that month. Grain companies were bracing for a tough year, with the Prairie crop expected to be cut in half due to the driest year on record. The drought extended into the U.S. Midwest, and we reported that North Dakota expected yield reductions of 70 per cent for durum and 59 per cent for spring wheat and barley.

Manitoba cattle producers were to receive $26 million of a $153-million program to source feed for 2.06 million head of Prairie cattle, and Grains and Oilseeds Minister Charlie Mayer said a program was pending for grain producers.

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Manitoba Agriculture Minister Glen Findlay announced changes to the Manitoba beef stabilization plan, ending the pooling requirement and allowing producers to sell slaughter cattle outside the province. About one-third of Manitoba beef producers were enrolled in the plan, which had a $19-million deficit. The province also announced that land along rights of way and in wildlife management areas and community pastures would be opened for haying.

Speaking at the Canadian Seed Growers Association annual meeting, plant breeders’ rights committee chairman Don Ostergard called for Canada to implement PBR, saying Canada was the last developed country not to have it.

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