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In Brief… – for Feb. 10, 2011

Demand exceeds production:Global soyoil consumption is likely to rise above production in the current season with Chinese and European demand remaining strong, Hamburg-based oilseeds analysts Oil Worldforecast Feb. 2.Oil World forecasts global Oct. 2010-Sept. 2011 soyoil production at 41.91 million tonnes, below estimated consumption of 41.98 million tonnes. “World consumption of soyoil continues to grow at an impressive pace, contributing to rapid soybean disposals but also causing concern about the sustainability of the high usage pace,” Oil Worldsaid.

Rabies capital of Canada:

Manitoba has the dubious distinction of rabies capital of Canada by recording one case more than Ontario in 2010, based on annual statistics released by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. But the 40 reported cases, including 33 skunks, three cats, one bovine, one horse and two bats appear to be part of a downward trend in the disease’s incidence in Manitoba. Just over a decade ago, the annual cases numbered 237, 230 and 172 over a three-year period. In the past three years, Manitoba has had 40, 32, and 50 cases.

– Staff

B.C. plant to close:Maple

Leaf Foods said Feb. 1 it will close its prepared meats plant in Surrey, British Columbia, as the Canadian company carries out a plan to close some facilities and modernize others to better compete with U.S. rivals. The Surrey plant produces ham, sliced meats, sausage and deli products. Maple Leaf said it will consolidate production at its plants in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario after making modest upgrades. The closure will affect 165 employees who will receive severance, Maple Leaf said.

Alone in the woods:An

injured Meleb-area man lay trapped under the tree that fell on him for three days before he was found, Teulon RCMP say. The 51-year-old victim had been dropped off at the location to camp and cut wood and wasn’t found until his friend returned to pick him up three days later.

Rescue workers used a rescue toboggan Feb. 5 to pull the man out of the bush, after which he was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

– Staff Part of the plan:Buhler

Industries Inc. has purchased Ezee- On Manufacturing, an Albertabased precision seeding and tillage manufacturer, for $14.5 million, from TerraVest Income Fund.

Ezee-On builds air drills and air carts, offset and tandem discs, post-pounders and front-end loaders. “The acquisition of Ezee-On is another step in the process of becoming a full-line equipment manufacturer,” said Buhler president Dmitry Lyubimov. “Our goal is to be able to offer a complete line of equipment to large-acre growers in North America and around the world.” – Staff

Talking turkey:Granny’s

Poultry Co-operative now owns Prairie Produce Inc. of Winnipeg. Prairie Produce is a federally inspected turkey further processor that specializes in the production of specialty and low-sodium turkey roasts and rolls and has been primarily servicing the health-care, food service, and institutional markets for the last 23 years. “This acquisition shows our continued commitment to our producers, the poultry industry, and is a logical expansion to our business,” says Granny’s CEO Craig Evans. – Staff Argentine soy gets more rain:Rains over the weekend in Argentina rejuvenated soy crops in farming areas where dryness had lingered, agricultural meteorologist Jose Luis Aiello said Monday. Heavier rainfall since mid-January has eased the impact of several months of dry weather, but many analysts have lowered their forecasts for soy production to below 50 million tonnes. The latest rains were forecast at between 30 and 50 millimetres and to last until Tuesday. “These showers are good news for soybeans, especially those that were planted late,” Aiello said. U.S. wheat under more threat:U.S. Plains and the Midwest were likely to experience freezing weather this week, addding stress to the dormant wheat crop. “No significant precipitation and more sub-zero cold this week under limited protective snow cover will continue to stress the wheat crop with further declines in crop ratings expected,” said Mike Palmerino, a forecaster with Telvent DTN weather service said Monday. ” Temperatures will warm to near-to above-normal levels in the six to 10 day period. However, it will remain dry.”

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