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In Brief… – for Mar. 11, 2010

Caught in the act:

Thieves were caught March 3 while stealing a flatbed trailer, a tractor and snowblower from Farm Yard Supply in Steinbach. They were using a truck they’d already stolen, Steinbach RCMP say. The pair of suspects were noticed by a local security firm and fled the scene on foot across the field. They were apprehended after they were found hiding under a building.

Award-winning service:

Duck’s Unlimited agrologist Ken Gross was named Canadian Non-Farmer of the Year at the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers’ Association annual workshop recently. “Ken is dedicated to conservation agriculture with the promotion of zero till and working with winter cereals,” said Lindsay Coulthard, farm extension manager, MZTRA Research Farm. “Ken has spent his whole career working toward sustainable agriculture and is extremely involved in helping farmers adopt better agricultural practices in Manitoba.” – DU release

Disease outbreak:

China has confirmed an outbreak of foot-and-month disease among pigs in southern Guangdong province bordering Hong Kong, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Mar. 3. A total of 8,382 pigs were culled in nearby farms after 1,474 pigs were suspected of contracting the highly contagious disease on Feb 22, Xinhua cited an official as saying. Agricultural ministry urged intensive vaccinations to prevent outbreaks of diseases, including bird flu and blue ear.

Spring forward:

Daylight saving time returns to Manitoba early in the morning of Sunday, March 14, when clocks across the province will be advanced one hour.

Under the Official Time Act, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November. The official time change to daylight saving time occurs at 2 a. m., Sunday, March 14 at which time clocks should be set ahead to 3 a. m.

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