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Foodgrains Bank leads fast:

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank has launched a new program called Fast for Change, to be held in tandem with World Food Day on Oct. 16. “We’re inviting Christians from all walks of life, all denominations and all area codes in Canada to join with us on that day, to spend the time fasting and reflecting on the way we are all connected with each other and with those who are hungry,” said CFGB public engagement co-ordinator James Kornelsen. A seven-day “reflection guide” for the event is available from the CFGB at

Happy Co-op Week:

Manitoba’s strong co-operative base is something to celebrate, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk at the start of Oct. 12 to 18 Co-op Week.

She said the co-operative model is gaining momentum. “We are building on our strengths and shared goals to create opportunities for businesses and individuals. Manitobans are working together to keep co-ops growing along with our economy.”

Manitobans hold more than 800,000 memberships in 400 co-operatives, credit unions and caisses populaires.

Block scam artists:

Manitoba consumers can get useful information in the 2009 Protect Yourself calendar now being distributed free throughout the province. “Informed consumers are the best defence against frauds and scams in the marketplace,” said Finance Minister Greg Selinger in releasing the calendar. The calendar is available through consumers’ groups, seniors’ organizations and bilingual service centres throughout the province. It is also available by calling the Consumers’ Bureau at 204-945-3800 or 1-800-782-0067 (toll-free). Barley down in mid-month PROs: Weaker feed prices, market volatility and “bearish supply-side fundamentals” have bit into the Canadian Wheat Board’s 2008-09 pool return outlooks (PROs) for barley. As well, ocean freight rates have dropped, which could support demand overseas but also change the “competitive dynamics” for barley exporters. Last Thursday’s mid-month barley PROs saw No. 1 CW feed barley (Pool A) drop $22 per tonne from its Sept. 25 level, to $198. Malting barley PROs dropped $8 per tonne, with Select CW two-row down to $327 per tonne and Select CW six-row down to $307 per tonne.



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