In Brief… – for Feb. 17, 2011

Biodiesel mandate:Canadian

canola growers are pleased by a federal announcement Feb. 10 to mandate biodiesel in diesel fuel starting July 1. “A two per cent renewable fuel mandate for diesel fuel has the potential to create new domestic demand for about one million tonnes of canola,” says Ed Schafer, president of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). It also brings Canada’s renewable fuel standards in line with many other regions including Europe, the U.S. and Argentina and contributes to Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, he said.

– Staff

Don’t be fooled:

If you’re looking to buy a new pickup, don’t be fooled by a dealer trying to pass one of these off on you. Just to be sure you’re not confused, Ford has filed a suit against Ferrari for using the name F-150 for this year’s Formula 1 model. “Ferrari has misappropriated the F-150 trademark in naming its new racing vehicle the ‘F-150’ in order to capitalize on and profit from the substantial goodwill that Ford has developed in the F-150 trademark,” Ford said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Insect damage:Insect problems have affected around 130,000 tonnes of corn and soymeal delivered to Vietnamese ports from India, one of the Southeast Asian country’s main feed suppliers, traders in Vietnam said. The problems emerged last month and have hit around 100,000 tonnes of corn and 30,000 tonnes of soymeal delivered to Vietnam in five vessels, a trader in Ho Chi Minh City said. The quantity accounts for around eight per cent of Vietnam’s annual imports of Indian corn and soymeal, which totalled around 1.6 million tonnes last year, traders said.

Flooding hurts rice crop:

Two rounds of flooding in Sri Lanka since January have destroyed at least 35 per cent of the staple rice crop, the Agriculture Ministry said Feb. 8. Heavy monsoon flooding since mid- January has caused landslides and burst hundreds of dams and killed at least 57 people. Rising water last week forced at least 193,700 people into temporary shelters.

The rice crop has taken a major beating, but Asian rice traders said the impact on the global market will be minimal as the country has stocks. Import volumes are expected to be small.

Do something:

The Green Party wants the province to prevent genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa from crossing the border after the USDA removed restrictions on its use south of the border. In a letter to Premier Greg Selinger and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Stan Struthers, leader James Beddome urged the province to support organic farmers in their opposition to GM crops. “Widespread plantings of GE canola has already led to contamination and loss of markets. If we do not learn from history, surely we will be doomed to repeat it,” Beddome said. – Staff

Beef back on the barbecue:

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan announced Feb. 8 that Costa Rica has reopened its market to allow for full, unrestricted access to Canadian beef and beef product exports. To celebrate, Canada’s top-quality beef will be served at a barbecue showcasing Canadian food at the Canadian Ambassador’s Official Residence in San José March 10. Costa Rica closed its beef market to Canada following the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in 2003. – Staff

What’s that you say?:

The Morning Bulletinof Rockhampton, Australia has been getting a ribbing over its reporting on the damages caused by massive flooding last month. TheBulletininitially reported that 30,000 pigs were lost in the flooded Dawson River. The publication later printed a correction. What the pig farmer actually said was, he had lost “30 sows and pigs.” – Staff

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