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In Brief… – for Mar. 3, 2011

New president:William Hill has been appointed president of the Flax Council of Canada, replacing Barry Hall, who is retiring. Hill has 30 years experience in the Canadian grain and agricultural futures industry, including 13 years at the senior management level. Most recently he was president and COO of ICE Futures Canada (previously Winnipeg Commodity Exchange). The Flax Council is a national trade association that promotes flax for food, feed and industrial uses in domestic and international markets from its office in Winnipeg. – Staff

Check this out:The North

Dakota State University Extension Service has information online at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood to help prepare for a flood and deal with the aftermath.

The site has information on sandbagging; standby generators; sump pumps; plugging drains; evacuation preparation; coping with stress; helping kids deal with disasters; finances; restoring property; food safety; protecting stored pesticides, grain and feed; protecting livestock; agricultural building issues; and late seeding.

– NDSU release New Authority for sunflowers:The National Sunflower Association of Canada is welcoming the registration of Authority herbicide for sunflowers. After 10-plus years of lobbying with Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Authority has received full registration on sunflowers, chickpeas, flax and field peas. Authority will be distributed through Nufarm Canada. – Staff Potash inventories tighten:

North American potash inventories at the producer-level tightened further in January ahead of the spring planting season in the region, according to data issued by PotashCorp Feb. 17. The announcement lifted shares of PotashCorp and other North American fertilizer makers.

Inventories of the nutrient are now 24 per cent below the prior five-year average.

The average price of potash, while trending upward continues to hover just below the $400-a-tonne mark.

Tracking herbs and spices:

The federal government is investing more than $252,000 to help the Saskatchewan Herb and Spice Association (SHSA) with the development of traceability tools for growers and pickers.

The investment will support the development of a series of traceability tools such as template documents and manuals, which will enable producers and pickers at the national level to meet the traceability requirements of buyers and markets for spice farmers. – Staff

Get outa’ town!:The Manitoba

Country Vacations Association Inc. has changed its name to the Manitoba Rural Tourism Association Inc. in a bid to include and attract members offering rural tourism experiences that don’t necessarily include accommodation. Now rural organizations and businesses that offer everything from historical re-enactments, school tours, corn mazes, to zip-lining can belong, the organization says in a release. The name change was approved unanimously at the association’s recent annual meeting.

– Staff

Correction:

The correct name of the model fish farm at Warren is Watersong Farms. The fingerlings purchased for the facility came from New Dundee, Ontario, not New Brunswick as an article published February 17 stated. Record wheat crop

forecast:Global wheat production should rise in 2011-12 with strong prices boosting planted area to the highest level in more than a decade, while a record corn crop is expected, the International Grains Council said Feb. 24. The IGC, in a monthly report, forecast a rise in the wheat harvest in 2011-12 to 672 million tonnes, up 24 million from an estimated 648 million in 2010-11. The report did not provide an estimate for global corn production in 2011-12, but said it was expected to set a new record but still fail to keep pace with strong demand.

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