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Briefs continued – for Dec. 10, 2009

Big cheese:

Bothwell Cheese won two first-place trophies at the prestigious 82nd Annual British Empire Cheese Show. This is the fourth year running the Manitoba-based cheese maker has taken first place with its marble cheddar and its first first for its Monterey Jack. “This award recognizes the extraordinary talent of our staff – starting with the cheese makers and extending to everyone. It’s owing to their great work and dedication that our cheese is as good as it is,” said Bothwell Cheese president and CEO Ivan Balenovic.

Elevating the pulse:

The federal government is investing $4.4 million into four projects designed to assist the pulse industry with communications, marketing, research and transportation. The projects being supported will promote pulse products as environmentally friendly, develop health food markets, and improve transportation infrastructure, according to a federal release. The funds are being dispersed through the AgriFlexibility Fund and the AgriMarketing program.

Correction:

While the article “Prairie manufacturers target new markets abroad” (Co-operator, Dec. 3, page 1) correctly identifies Don Henry as the chief operating officer of farm equipment maker Morris Industries of Saskatoon, a “pull quote” attached to the article incorrectly identifies him as an employee of Behlen Industries of Brandon. We regret the error.

Top graziers:

The Manitoba Grazing School honoured three farming families as Graziers of the Year last week. This year’s winners are Alan and Rhonda Vergouwen, who are part of an extended family farm operation at Toutes Aids, John and Kelsey Beasley of Boggy Creek, and Ted, Becky, and Matt Artz of Lyleton.

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