Correction:The building on the Reimer farm now housing Manitoba’s new model fish operation near Warren was in the past occasionally used for chicken rearing, but was most recently used to store farm machinery. A story in our Feb. 17 issue identified the facility as a former chicken barn. – Staff Food rights:India continues to face a serious malnutrition problem, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Feb. 10, adding his government would soon bring a “Right to Food” act before Parliament.
Speaking at a meeting on food and health, Singh added that climate change may endanger food security in many developing nations.
India, along with many Asian countries, is currently battling high food inflation, which is hurting consumers and pushing governments to take tax measures and other steps to try to cushion voters from spiralling prices of staples. New capacity:U.S. chemicals group DuPont said Feb. 17 it would invest more than $50 million in an expansion of its biotech soybean research and development program in Delaware. The plan would include new soybean research laboratories, tissue culture facilities, environmentally controlled growth rooms and greenhouses. “It would increase the speed at which we can bring new products to the market and help farmers around the world increase yields through tolerance to environmental stresses, insects and disease,” said spokesman John Bedbrook. Clampdown on
speculators:China will intensify a clampdown on farm price speculation in rural areas, the country’s top planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, said Feb. 17.
In the latest efforts to rein in inflation, the government will strengthen supervision on pricing misconduct concerning farmers, it said in a statement.
Corn crop damaged:
Bitterly cold weather earlier this month damaged approximately 1.8 million tonnes of Mexico’s winter corn crop in Sinaloa state, where 80 per cent of Mexico’s fall-winter corn is grown. “There is damage in Sinaloa that we estimate at 1.82 million tonnes of corn,” said Agriculture Minister Francisco Mayorga on Mexican radio. Mexico produces mostly white corn to make the country’s staple tortillas and imports yellow corn from the U.S. for animal feed. High corn prices affecting the cost of tortillas have been worrying Mexican consumers.
On the short list:After a
Canada-wide call for proposals, the Tobacco Creek Model Watershed (TCMW) has been selected for consideration among eight finalists to become a watershed research node for the Canadian Water Network, a national initiative managed by the University of Waterloo.
If successful, $750,000 in science funding could become available to the TCMW (for university research). An open community workshop is being held for those interested in helping to develop the proposal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 in Roland. – Staff
In a story published Feb. 17 it was reported the Canadian Wheat Board invested in the last lake ship built in 1983. In fact the CWB agreed to ship a minimum amount of grain with the shipowner over a five-year period.
A story in the Feb. 17 issue of the Co-operatorsaid a national livestock traceability program is supposed to be in place in 2013. In fact, federal and provincial agriculture ministers have set 2011 as the implementation date. Growing Forward funding for the system will continue to 2013. New director:Michele Rogalsky has been appointed as director of the School of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. The school co-ordinates the two-year agriculture diploma program and offers a variety of certificate, non-credit and professional development programs.
Rogalsky, who graduated from the diploma program in 1984, has previously been a farm management instructor and assistant director for the school. Her most recent position however, was overseeing the maintenance of the university’s Fort Garry Campus. – Staff