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Food bank donations urged

Staff / In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux are encouraging Canadians to generously donate to their local food banks. Lemieux joined Turkey Farmers of Canada Chair Mark Davies at the Ottawa Food Bank last week to present a $50,000 donation to Food Banks Canada.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year that Turkey Farmers of Canada has partnered with Food Banks Canada to raise money for rural food banks. The Turkey Farmers of Canada donation will be distributed to rural food banks all across Canada and used to purchase whole turkeys or turkey products to distribute to their clients in need.

Richardson to increase Vancouver storage

STAFF / Richardson International Ltd. will invest $120 million in its port terminal facility in Vancouver over the next two years to increase its storage capacity for grains and oilseeds by two million tonnes, the company says in a release.

Richardson’s Vancouver terminal is currently operating at maximum capacity, handling approximately three million tonnes (MMT) of grains and oilseeds each year. The company expects to handle in excess of five MMT of grains and oilseeds annually with additional storage capacity at the port.

Richardson plans to build an additional concrete grain storage annex with a total capacity of 80,000 tonnes at its Vancouver terminal. By eliminating existing steel storage bins, it would net an additional 70,000 tonnes of storage, bringing total storage capacity at its Vancouver terminal to 178,000 metric tonnes.

CGC wants more grain samples

Western Canadian producers have until October 15 to sign up for this year’s Harvest Sample Program. Producers that register and send us their grain samples will get a free, unofficial grade and quality information to help them market their grain.

“Producers who send us their grain samples are helping us assess the quality of this year’s harvest. We share this important data with customers to show them that Canadian grain is their best choice for consistent quality,” said Elwin Hermanson, chief commissioner.

The CGC has received more than 2,250 grain samples this year, but more are needed, it says in a release. “The more samples received, the more accurately we are able to evaluate the quality of the 2012 harvest.”

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