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Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Canada-Manitoba Feed and Transportation Assistance Program (CM-FATAP) has been extended to March 31.

The program helps livestock producers whose feed supplies were reduced due to excessive moisture last year with transportation costs to bring feed to their livestock or take the livestock to the feed.

The program also provided money to help farmers buy feed and test the nutritional value of feed, but the deadline for those components of the plan were not extended.

Eligible farmers can get 22 cents per tonne per loaded mile to transport straw, hay or greenfeed up to 350 km.

Forages are defined as hay, silage, and greenfeed.

Application forms are available from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives’ (MAFRI) website ( http://www.gov. mb.ca/agriculture/).

Completed forms must be reviewed by the farmer’s local MAFRI GO office before they’re sent to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation.

Hitchhiking Germs

The Manitoba Pork Council is encouraging pork producers to step up their vigilance in ensuring the trucks that haul hogs from their farms do not bring in disease.

Manitoba Pork Council receives reports almost weekly of disease outbreaks in various markets for Manitoba pigs and is stressing the importance of ensuring trucks that have been at gathering yards, packing plants or other farms in the U.S. or Canada have been cleaned.

Chicken Sector Still Vulnerable

The U.S. poultry industry could suffer “substantial reductions in production” if crop problems drive feed prices higher, Joe Sanderson, CEO of Sanderson Farms, told the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit.

Despite some poultry price increases, struggling U.S. chicken producers are still losing money due to historically high feed costs. U.S. chickens eat about 1.2 billion bushels of U.S. corn a year, or nine per cent of the crop.

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