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In Brief… – for Jan. 21, 2010

Genetic boost: The federal government is investing $1.22 million to increase sales of Canadian dairy genetics in international markets through the AgriMarketing program. “Our government is steadfast in our support for supply management and is creating opportunities for our producers at home by increasing exports and promoting our top-quality dairy genetics around the world,” said parliamentary secretary Pierre Lemieux. The investment will help the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) to fund international market development initiatives. Honoured: Brian Rossnagel, a barley and oat breeder with the Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre, is one of five individuals to be inducted in to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame this year. Rossnagel, has been a professor of plant sciences at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre since 1977. He is a pioneer in barley and oat breeding, developing or co-breeding more than 60 varieties. Rossnagel has also been recognized by honorary life memberships in both the Saskatchewan and Canadian Seed Growers associations. Markets rattled: Grain markets were bruised badly last week with Chicago corn futures plunging 12 per cent and wheat down 10 per cent. Prices were expected to fall further this week. “We broke peoples’ backs the other day and we’re in a downturn, there is not a bullish thing out there for now,” said veteran grains merchant Paul Haugens, a vice-president for Newedge USA. The USDA January crop report reported record corn and soy crops. It also showed wheat stocks the largest in 20 years, and projected record-large South American soy production.



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