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In Brief… – for Feb. 4, 2010

Still optimistic:

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan reported a 70 per cent drop in quarterly earnings and issued a profit outlook well below expectations Jan. 28, sending the fertilizer maker’s shares down more than six per cent.

However, the world’s largest fertilizer producer said it was optimistic that fertilizer demand in 2010 would be well above dismal 2009 levels as farmers scramble to replenish soil nutrient levels and dealers restock supply.

Pork “satisfying” sex aid:

Argentina’s president has recommended pork as an alternative to Viagra, saying she spent a satisfying weekend with her husband after eating barbecued pork.

“I’ve just been told something I didn’t know; that eating pork improves your sex life … I’d say it’s a lot nicer to eat a bit of grilled pork than take Viagra,” President Cristina Fernandez said to leaders of the pig-farming industry. She said she recently ate pork and “things went very well that weekend, so it could well be true.”

More cell service:

Eight northern communities will soon have access to wireless communications, MTS Allstream Inc. announced Jan. 28. The addition of Churchill, Split Lake, Oxford House, Snow Lake, Bisset, Middlebro, Ebb and Flow, and Fisher River to the company’s cellular network expands its reach to more than 97 per cent of the province’s population, the company said in a release. The services should be in place during the first half of 2010. Research call: The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative has issued a request for proposals to conduct literature reviews in two areas.

Crop and land management practices: effects of the use of livestock manure as a fertilizer source on phosphorus balance; and

Evaluation of the opportunity for manure treatment and processing technologies to achieve manure phosphorus balance.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 24. For more information call (204) 945-2122; email [email protected]or go to: www.manure.mb.ca/projects.

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