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In Brief… – for Feb. 25, 2010

Scholarship recipient:

A University of Saskatchewan PhD student is this year’s recipient of the Seed of the Year scholarship contributing to the next generation of plant breeders. Lasantha Ubayasena is in his fifth year PhD program studying the genetic characterization and identification of genomic regions controlling the visual quality traits of field pea. He receives a $4,000 scholarship. Harrington barley was announced last November as this year’s Seed of the Year West. The award honours publicly developed varieties. Ont. to appeal raw dairy ruling: The Ontario government will appeal a January court ruling that allows a “cow-share” program to distribute unpasteurized raw milk to willing consumers. Lawyers for the province filed a notice of appeal with the Ontario Court of Justice after a justice of the peace, Paul Kowarsky, found for the program’s organizer, southern Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt, on Jan. 21. Kowarsky had ruled Schmidt’s scheme didn’t violate public health rules or milk-marketing regulations. Lawyers for the province claim Kowarsky “misapprehended and misapplied” evidence in the case. Winnipeg’s Richardsons listed: Richardson International Limited, Canada’s largest, privately owned agribusiness, has made the list of the 50 best-managed companies in Canada. “We are extremely proud that Richardson International is among this year’s esteemed group of companies being presented with this award,” said Hartley T. Richardson, the senior executive of Richardson International and James Richardson & Sons Ltd. “This distinction acknowledges Richardson International as a leader in both the agriculture industry and the business community.”

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