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In Brief… – for Oct. 8, 2009

Conditions worsen:

Violence on Zimbabwe’s farms, once the country’s economic mainstay, is worsening, the country’s Commercial Farmers Union said on Sept. 30. Many white farmers have been evicted from land by President Robert Mugabe’s government since 2000, as part of a land reform program credited with causing a slump in agriculture. “The reality is that we’re receiving an even bigger hiding now than before,” said CFU president Deon Theron. “Although everything seems to be fine on the outside … the rule of law just isn’t there.”

Correction:

The Canola Council of Canada says changes to canola registration will bring innovations to farmers faster. A headline in last week’s story on the issue incorrectly named the Canada Grains Council.

Charter RTU approved:

BASF Canada has picked up regulatory approval for what’s billed as an easy-to-use version of its Charter cereal seed treatment. Charter, a Group 3 triticonazole fungicide, is a water-based cereal seed treatment that BASF says can be applied in the fall or winter with no loss of effectiveness. The new formulation, branded Charter RTU, is to be sold by the case (two 9.3-litre jugs) or by the 200-litre drum and can be applied by commercial treaters, on-farm gravity-flow or mist-type treatment machines or “on-the-go” air seeder systems, BASF said. ABB cleared for wheat exports: Australian regulators have approved the revised port access plan proposed by Viterra’s new Australian subsidiary, ABB Grain, allowing Viterra to export wheat from its port facilities in that country. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Sept. 29 granted ABB the approval it needs for Wheat Exports Australia (WEA) to approve the company’s wheat export licence. ABB, CBH Group and GrainCorp, were all ordered by ACCC to rework and resubmit their proposals to allow competing grain exporters access to the companies’ port facilities.

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