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In Brief… – for Jun. 4, 2009

When pigs fly … they go first class: Manitoba-based Genesis Inc. loaded 900 pigs onto a giant Boeing 777 cargo jet at Richardson International Airport last week for an overnight flight to Germany. The hogs were then taken by truck to Russia to become breeding stock. It is the first time a cargo jet of this size has landed in Winnipeg. Officials say that bodes well for the CentrePort project. According to press reports, the hogs occupied 10 of the 27 cargo platforms on the plane and were provided with food and water – but no movies.

Parting gift: Five organizations serving Morden will benefit from the generosity of a former farmer in their community. The late Kenneth Clarence Westfall, who lived in the area all of his life, made provisions in his will to split a total of $500,000 between the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation, the Morden & District United Way, the Morden Area Foundation, the Morden Community Thrift Store and Tabor Home.

Veggie tales: Dave Jeffries, of Jeffries Brothers Vegetable Growers Ltd. from Portage la Prairie, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recently. “This award is really about the amazing contribution Dave Jeffries has made on behalf of the Canadian Agricultural sector and the development of the Canadian produce marketplace,” stated Danny Dempster, president, CPMA. Dave, his wife Judith and his son Roland produce 700 acres of carrots, parsnips, daikon, squash and other vegetable crops.

Rural Secretariat supported: The federal government has renewed financial support for Canada’s Rural Partnership (CRP) through March 2013. The $45.6 million investment will allow the Rural Secretariat to work with rural citizens and their communities to further diversify. Canada’s Rural Partnership will focus on enhancing the competitiveness of rural regions, fostering the transformation of local ideas and untapped assets into sustainable economic activities, and facilitating the development of new economic opportunities.

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