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Volunteers Needed

Manitoba Ag in the Classroom says it is in “dire need” of more volunteers for its Amazing Agriculture Adventure in Winnipeg Sept. 13 to 15.

More than 1,000 Grade 4 and 5 students are registered for the event to be held at the Bruce D. Campbell Research Centre at Glenlea Farm and the nearby Kelburn Farm this year.

“AITC-M is excited about giving students and teachers once again, the opportunity to experience real working farms as part of their Amazing Agriculture Adventure!,” says co-ordinator Diane Mauthe in a release.

“We will provide you with coffee, muffins/doughnuts, water, lunch, snacks and the opportunity to inform young people about agriculture and to “cultivate their interest in agriculture.”

But volunteers are also needed to help keep the program running smoothly at both the Glenlea and Kelburn sites.

Organizers are looking for kitchen helpers and bus assistants, drivers to pull the people movers, timers for various events, and classroom hosts.

Volunteers can contact Mauthe at 204-471-9698 or by email: [email protected]

Pullet Growers Draft Plans

Canada’s pullet growers have completed the first draft of an application for separate status in the country’s supply management system.

Pullet Growers of Canada, formerly the National Pullet Growers Association, announced Aug. 30 it has drafted a “detailed application proposal” for “Part 2” agency status under the federal Farm Products Agencies Act.

The first draft of the proposal to the Farm Products Council of Canada is meant for the FPCC to “determine any gaps in the process of submission” before the final draft is submitted.

The draft follows an initial round of consultations with affected producers to gather information on their “expectations and concerns,” the PGC said in a release.

The PGC also announced it has finished a first draft of a federal-provincial agreement laying out “the basis of the federal-provincial relationship on pullets; an operating agreement that provides the details of how the relationship might work; and, a quota methodology to set the stage for (PGC to operate) as an agency.”

A “complete update” on PGC activities is to be presented to national and provincial supervisory agencies at a meeting next month in Prince Edward Island.

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