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In Brief… – for Apr. 15, 2010

Canola crush plant eyed:

The R. M. of Woodlands’ community development corporation (CDC) has confirmed ongoing discussions with an unnamed company interested in crushing canola at its new industrial park, just outside Warren. All that’s publicly known so far is that planned infrastructure for the park is meant to “immediately serve a canola-crushing plant and pellet-manufacturing facility.” The province offered that detail April 8 when it pledged $75,000 toward a $350,000 project to extend hydro, water and sewer to the park. The CDC and federal government will cover the remaining $275,000. Morden researcher honoured: Researcher David McAndrew of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Morden Research Station has been named to the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame, for leadership in conservation and sustainable agriculture. Among his cited accomplishments was the creation of three producer-directed research farms in 1992, according to Soil Conservation Council of Canada president Don McCabe. Farmer groups and Ducks Unlimited Canada worked with McAndrew to set up the farms as demonstration sites for soil and wildlife conservation and beneficial management practices, McCabe said.

Frost bites Ukraine’s winter wheat:

The state of Ukrainian winter crops has worsened as the share of crops in poor condition rose to 14.6 per cent as of April 1 from 13.5 per cent as of March 21, analyst UkrAgroConsult said April 6.

New Farm Minister Mykola

Pryshyazhnyuk told Reuters frosts and ice were likely to kill off at least 10 to 15 per cent of the winter wheat.

What’s in a name:

The Thresherman’s Reunion held in Austin has an identity crisis. “‘Threshermen’ is a term no longer in common use… ‘Reunion’ also implies an event not normally open to the public. The result is that many urban dwellers think the Threshermen’s Reunion is a reunion for the Threshermen family,” the Manitoba Agricultural Museum’s annual report says. But after a year-long search for a name that is more meaningful to modern festival-goers, officials are sticking with the name “Thresherman’s Reunion and Stampede.”

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