In Brief… – for Jan. 13, 2011

Dangerous beetle found in L.A.:U.S. customs officials last week said they had found a beetle considered one of the world’s most dangerous agricultural pests in a shipment of rice arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. Officials found an adult khapra beetle, eight larvae and a shed skin in a shipment of Indian rice from Saudi Arabia, a spokesman said. The khapra beetle, which is native to India, is considered one of the most destructive pests of grain products and seeds. The rice was found in a box of food and personal effects being sent from one person to another. MCGA scholarship winner:Laryssa Grenkow of St. Norbert, a fourth-year student majoring in agronomy at the University of Manitoba, is the recipient of this year’s Manitoba Canola Growers Association Scholarship. She will be continuing her post-graduate studies in the department of soil sciences when she graduates this spring. The scholarship is offered to a third-or fourth-year agriculture degree student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and who has demonstrated involvement in extracurricular activities. More wheat:Global grain supplies remain tight this and next crop season despite better-than-expected world cereals output because demand has also risen, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said.

The FAO raised its projection of world wheat output to 653 million tonnes this year from a previous estimate of 648 million tonnes after betterthanexpected crops in Australia, Russia and other countries and increased its overall cereals output view. At its peak:The strongest La Nińa weather event in nearly half a century, resulting in heavy rains and flooding which has damaged crops and flooded mines in Australia and Asia, may be at its peak, the Australian weather bureau says.

“Long-range models surveyed by the bureau suggest that this La Nińa event may be at its peak and will persist through the Southern Hemisphere summer,” the Bureau of Meteorology said in its weekly tropical climate note Dec. 28. “All climate indicators…remain above La Nińa thresholds,” it said.

Algeria increases wheat EPA “pollution diet” Lucky snowmobiler:AGermany dioxin scare:

supplies:Algeria’s state grainsstarves ag:The head of the 20-year-old man from Winnipeg The German government on Monday agency will increase by 18 per cent the American Farm Bureau Federation escaped with non-life-threatening said it was looking into tighter amount of soft wheat it supplies to has called on Congress to stop injuries from a collision with a pickup regulations on feed suppliers after the local market each month, official “overregulation” of agriculture and on Jan. 8. Selkirk RCMP along with eggs from farms where hens ate media said Jan. 9, amidst unrest over has announced a lawsuit against local EMS and Fire Services responded dioxin-tainted feed were found to be rising food prices. The amount of soft Environmental Protection Agency rules to the collision on Highway 59 at contaminated. Operations at 4,700 wheat the agency supplies to processors to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution. the intersection with Provincial Road German farms were shut down last will go up from 350,000 tonnes Bob Stallman opened the group’s 317. The driver of the snowmobile week and thousands of hens culled to 430,000 tonnes per month until annual meeting with a speech saying was attempting to cross Highway 59 to try to prevent food supplies from Aug. 31. The move was part of a package “overregulation endangers our when it was struck by the north-bound being contaminated by the tainted of measures adopted in response industry.” The lawsuit would block truck. The truck flipped onto its side meal. The state of Lower Saxony, to several days of rioting, triggered by the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet,” but the driver was treated by EMS on the centre of contamination, said on price rises for sugar and cooking oil, which calls for a 25 per cent reduction scene and released. Poor visibility is a Sunday that 3,000 farms had been which killed two people and injured in nitrogen, 24 per cent reduction in suspected factor. given permission to reopen and checks hundreds. phosphorus and 20 per cent reduction on around 1,470 still closed would in sediment run-off by 2025. proceed as fast as possible.

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