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In Brief… – for Jul. 15, 2010

Winnipeggers out of cluck:

It looks as if there won’t be backyard chickens in Winnipeg after all. Winnipeg City Council’s property committee has decided to take no action on a request to allow city residents to keep a few hens in their backyards for fresh eggs. The committee voted to receive the request as information, effectively setting it aside. A local group calling itself Chickens for WinnipEGGers made the submission in June, noting that some other North American cities allow the practice. – Staff West Nile alert: In its fourth West Nile update of 2010, Manitoba Health reports the analysis of the adult mosquitoes trapped for the week of June 27 found increased numbers of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes but none tested positive for the virus. Preliminary trap information for the week of July 4 indicates the numbers of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes are continuing to rise, with some communities showing large increases.

The risk of exposure to West Nile virus is increasing with the rising numbers of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes and continued hot weather.

– Staff A new job:Dr. BrianEvans, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s chief veterinary officer is now also its chief food safety officer. The agency says the new role brings a more holistic approach to food safety.

“With a view to ensuring integration and excellence across the CFIA’s three business lines, the CFSO will reach out to a broader domestic and international stakeholder community to define an integrated strategy that clearly reflects the interdependence of public health, food safety, animals, and plants,” the CFIA says in a release.

Call CWB if bins can’t be reached:

Farmers having difficulty meeting delivery deadlines due to severe weather issues and soggy yards should contact their local Canadian Wheat Board farm business representative (FBR) to discuss alternative arrangements. The CWB recognizes that many farmers are facing wet conditions that can make it impossible to access bins. Locate your local FBR at www.cwb.ca/fbror call 1-800-275-4292 to discuss your CWB business issues. – CWB release

Baler kills Steinbach man:

A Steinbach man has died of injuries suffered when he was pulled into a baler while working in a hayfield in the R. M. of La Broquerie. Steinbach RCMP said they were called to the field at about 9 p. m. on July 8, and learned Bruce Reimer, 59, had been working alone in the field and was “accidentally pulled into the machine.” Reimer was removed from the baler and taken to Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. RCMP said they’re still investigating. Primetime 4-H:Daily television coverage of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo will feature two new commercials promoting 4-H. The commercials, sponsored by Bayer CropScience, are themed “4-H what’s in it for you?” highlight 4-H’s value in helping develop outstanding citizens and showing what’s in it for them.

“We are very fortunate to have companies such as Bayer CropScience who not only recognize the value of 4-H, but who step up with new and creative ideas to help promote the 4-H program,” said Mike Nowosad, CEP of the Canadian 4-H Council. More toxic milk: Chinese authorities seized 64 tonnes of milk powder and products laced with the same deadly toxic additive that sparked an uproar in 2008, officials and state media said, underscoring the persistence of food safety breaches. Samples of milk powder found in northwest China’s Gansu and Qinghai provinces had levels of the chemical melamine up to 500 times the permitted limit, and suspected tainted powder also turned up in the country’s northeast, said a report from the Xinhua news agency on July 9. Outstanding on TV: In addition to showcasing 4-H, Bayer CropScience is launching a television commercial showcasing Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers during this year’s Calgary Stampede Rodeo. This first-ever Outstanding Young Farmer’s 30-second commercial entitled “Getting the recognition that they deserve” will run daily during the 10-day event.

“Bayer CropScience has been a valuable partner in our growth and we’re thankful for their support,” said Brian Newcombe, president of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ Program. – Staff

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