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In Brief… – for Mar. 24, 2011

Farmer to Farmer:The Grain

Growers of Canada has donated $1,000 to help Japanese farmers cope with the after-effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. “Farmers in Canada have a long history of helping their neighbours in times of trouble and in this case our neighbours are global,” said executive director Richard Phillips, noting Japan is Canada’s second-largest agri-food market. Farmers wishing to make individual donations can contact the Canadian Foodgrains Bank at www.foodgrains or the Canadian Red Cross at – Staff Spring flooding in almost half U.S.:Almost half the United States – from the North Central region through the Midwest and the Northeast – faces a high risk of spring flooding over the next two weeks, government forecasters said Mar. 17. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its spring forecast that the stage is set for potential widespread, record flooding particularly in the North Central United States for the third year in a row.

La Nińa seen weak by June:

La Nińa weather conditions peaked in the United States during the December-January period, but will remain moderately strong in April and then weaken by June, government forecasters said on Thursday. Separately, the main early dangers for U.S. farmers trying to plant corn this spring will be whether they can get their machines in the field because rainfall is expected to be above average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its spring forecast. Informa raises corn area forecast:Analytical firm Informa Economics forecast that U.S. farmers will plant 91.758 million acres of corn and 75.269 million acres of soybeans in 2011, trade sources said. The firm estimated U.S. seedings of spring wheat other than durum at 14.196 million acres. In January, Informa forecast 2011 corn plantings at 90.903 million acres and soybeans at 76.654 million In 2010, U.S. farmers planted 88.2 million acres of corn and 77.4 million acres of soybeans. USDA is scheduled to release its planting intentions report on March 31.

Breakfast is served:The

Monsanto Fund has put $140,000 on the table to help Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba expand its Made-in- Manitoba breakfast to 30 rural communities “This is by far the largest injection of supportAITC-M has ever seen and will allow us to take the program to new heights, expanding to thousands of students all across Manitoba,” said executive director Johanne Ross. The funds will also support the development of curriculum-related resources for teachers to continue the learning afterAITC-M delivers the breakfast in the school.

– Staff Early delivery window closing: Farmers who may be in danger of losing accepted grain due to spring flooding have until March 25 to register for early delivery opportunities. Areas forecast to be at risk of flooding include the Red River Valley, southern Manitoba, Manitoba Interlake, northwest Saskatchewan and portions of eastern Saskatchewan. Farmers with at-risk grain in these regions are encouraged to call the CWB at 1-800-275-4292 to register for early movement. More information on the program is available at

– CWB Bulletin

Food survey funded:The

federal and provincial governments are spending $400,000 to help survey Manitobans about food and health. Researchers from the University of Manitoba will study the food trends, consumer likes and dislikes, and how 4,000 Manitobans approach food and health through a long-term, online study. The results will lead to food development ideas, policies, and programs. For more information or to participate, please visit www.mcm or contact the project coordinator: Jocelyne Gaudet, toll free: 1-877-538-5543.

– Staff Advance payments opens soon:The 2011-12 Advance Payments Program (pre-harvest) begins April 1, with the following per-tonne rates in place: wheat $137, durum $147, barley $85. Farmers can receive up to $400,000, with the first $100,000 interest free. Applicants must have 2011 all-risk provincial crop insurance to be eligible. AgriStability can be used as security if crop insurance is not in place. Forms will be available at most grain-handling facilities. For more information call 1-800-275-4292 or visit

– CWB Bulletin

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