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In Brief… – for Dec. 3, 2009

Resort rapped: The federal Competition Bureau has sanctioned the Manitoba-based Elkhorn Ranch & Resort Ltd. for how it runs its promotional campaigns. The bureau’s investigation concluded the company had run contests without fair disclosure of accurate odds of winning and without ensuring that winners were selected on a random basis. As well, winners were led to believe they could win an SUV, when they were only able to lease one. Elkhorn has agreed to pay $170,000 and make changes to its promotional strategy. Energy savings: McCain Foods (Canada) has been recognized by Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation for its energy recovery efforts at its Carberry potato-processing plant.

The system captures heat from the fryer and uses it to preheat water used in the manufacturing process, reducing the use of natural gas.

Carberry plant manager Justin Walsh said the system was implemented in early 2008 at a cost of more than $1 million dollars but that it will pay for itself in energy savings within two or three years. – McCain’s release Premier meeting: Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) met with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger Nov. 24 to discuss education tax on production buildings, excess moisture assistance for the Interlake region, and the status of the Ecological Goods and Services programs. Other issues presented included business risk management, environmental farm planning, retail sales tax exemptions, and upgrades to Manitoba highways. “We’re pleased to work with the new premier and his cabinet to move these issues forward,” said KAP president Ian Wishart. New role: Kevin Hursh a well-known Saskatchewan agrologist, farmer and columnist, is the new executive director of the Inland Terminals Association of Canada. “Farmer-owned inland grain terminals need a voice at the table when decisions are made about the grain industry,” said Wayne Hittel, ITAC chair. “Our association has evolved to the point where it needs the part-time services of an executive director.”

ITAC has 11 members based in Saskatchewan and Alberta, which jointly handle two million tonnes of grain, pulses and oilseeds. – ITAC release

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