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In Brief… – for Apr. 29, 2010

Recycling electronic devices: Beginning May 1, Manitobans will have access to 29 e-waste collection depots located throughout the province under the E-waste Roundup program, the province has announced. Ten of the sites will offer year-round collection services. The remaining 19 sites will be open to the public until the end of October. A list of e-waste recycling depots is available at www. greenmanitoba.

It is estimated that every tonne of recycled e-waste diverted from landfills prevents about a tonne of greenhouse gas emissions. Reference guide: Canadian Organic Growers (COG) has launched the third book in its Practical Skills series of technical manuals for organic agriculture, Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers. Funded in part by Agriculture Canada, the publication serves as reference for veggie growers who direct market and need to plan for repeat harvests throughout the season.

The Practical Skills series and other handbooks are available from Canadian Organic Growers on the web at or by phone at 1-888-375-7383 (Canada) or 1-613-216-0741. No burning: Manitoba Conservation last week cancelled burning permits for the northwest and western regions of the province. Permits for the eastern and central regions were cancelled April 19. No new permits will be issued until current weather conditions change to allow safe burning conditions. Open fires are prohibited from April 1 to Nov. 15 annually, except under a burning permit or in enclosed approved firepits. Anyone with information on forest or brush fires in Manitoba is asked to call 1-800-782-0076 (toll free). PROs lower: The Canadian Wheat Board has decreased its price projections for all classes of wheat and durum sold during the upcoming 2010-11 crop year in the updated Pool Return Outlooks. The price projections for barley were left unchanged from the previous month.

Wheat values were down by $7 per tonne from March due to expectations for increased global wheat ending stocks, favourable growing conditions across the Northern Hemisphere, and the strong Canadian dollar. Durum PROs were down by $2 to $7 per tonne from the previous month.



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