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In Brief… – for Dec. 24, 2009

Buhler consolidates

branding: A new “brand strategy” at farm equipment maker Buhler Industries will see all its equipment marketed under either the Farm King or Versatile brands. The strategy follows the Winnipeg company’s decision in October 2008 to rebrand all its tractor lines under the Versatile name. Buhler’s short-line products such as grain augers, grain vacs, hay tools and pull-type, high-clearance sprayers will now carry the Farm King name. Buhler’s Allied brand will appear as “Allied by Farm King” on equipment such as front-end loaders, rear blades and Triplex mowers.

Sober up and buckle down:

The first week of the RCMP Christmas Checkstop program from Dec. 4, 2009 to Dec. 13, 2009 has resulted in: 4,698 vehicles being checked across the province during 79 checkstops. Of those vehicles checked, 37 persons were charged with either Impaired Driving, Driving Over .08 or refusing a breathalizer.

In addition, 95 people were charged for not wearing their seatbelts and an additional 612 other provincial statute charges were laid. Stop loss: Keystone Agricultural Producers is appealing to federal cabinet ministers to address the service complaints raised by individual producers against railway companies regarding the delisting and imminent salvaging of producer car loading sites across the Prairies.

“A moratorium on all sidings removal should be enacted until the federal rail freight service review is completed and the issue can be formally addressed,” said vice-president Robert McLean.CNhas only agreed to delay its plans until early 2010. Three clicks or less: The Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council has given its website a facelift. Log on to www.mrac.cato learn more about MRAC, its funding programs, projects and the latest news.

“A website should provide easy navigation of information that tells your story and provides the answer to visitors as to who you are, what you have to offer, how it is offered and encourage them to come back for frequent visits – all in three clicks or less. Our objective is to become one of your bookmarks,” said Ted Eastley, MRAC executive director.

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