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In Brief… – for Apr. 22, 2010

Get real: A new report released by Canadian undergraduate student leaders urges the food systems sector to institute “real cost” pricing for food. “We want to see food prices more accurately reflect their full economic, environmental, and social costs,” said Environmental Life Sciences graduate student Alison McDonald of Trent University. “This would result in carbon emissions being internalized and farmers receiving fair prices for their products.”

The full report is available at: Award winner: Westfield Industries (Westfield) was presented with the 2010 Manitoba Export Award by the local division of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters March 25.

Westfield has grown over the past 60 years to become a leading manufacturer in portable grain-handling equipment. From its base in Rosenort, Manitoba and with additional manufacturing space in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Westfield’s employees produce an extensive line of portable grain augers. – Westfield release

Generosity recognized:

The Manitoba Pork Council has presented Gerry Friesen, former pork industry leader, with its Friend of the Industry Award for 2010. Friesen, who is now a mediation consultant, was honoured for his “outstanding contributions to the pork industry in providing emotional support and expertise to help farmers cope with financial and emotional stress during their darkest days. Earl Funk of Earl’s Meat Market in Steinbach was awarded the Community Builder Award in recognition of his work to help pork producers help feed the hungry. – MPC release No burning: The Manitoba Conservation Fire Program and the Office of the Fire Commissioner is reminding Manitobans that open fires are prohibited from April 1 to Nov. 15, except under a burning permit or in enclosed approved fire pits. Many areas of the province have experienced localized brush fires as the ground dries out. Winds can push flames at a rapid pace, igniting large areas of land and spreading to forests. Anyone with information on forest or brush fires in Manitoba is asked to call 1-800-782-0076 (tollfree).

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