In Brief… – for Nov. 18, 2010

Faster loading:Paterson

GlobalFoods has announced construction of a new terminal in Gleichen, which it says will be the fastest-loading facility in Western Canada. The 28,000-tonne “Long Plain Terminal” will include the first grain loop track in Canada. It is designed to allow locomotives to remain connected to a train, providing for continuous and timely loading or unloading of rail cars. Paterson says the Gleichen loop track will be built for 130 rail cars that will load in almost half the time of a comparable traditional terminal rail car spot.

– Staff

New ag directory:

Agriguide.ca, an online, bilingual directory of Canadian agricultural associations, is being unveiled Nov. 18 by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) in Ottawa. Agriguide.ca contains information on more than 550 national, provincial and territorial farm-related associations. Each listing includes contact information for and a brief description of not-for-profit and publicly funded farm organizations and commodity groups across Canada.

– Staff Plant sold:Maple Leaf Foods has sold its Burlington, Ont. pork plant to Fearmans Pork Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc.

The $20-million sale of the plant in Burlington, Ontario, will reduce Maple Leaf’s pork-processing volume to about 4.3 million hogs from seven million hogs in 2006.

The plant has potential to increase production levels, said Anthony Polazzi, principal at Sun Capital, a private investment firm.

Staff New website:The Canadian Wheat Board Alliance (CWBA) has announced the launch of its new website at: cwbafacts.ca.

The CWBA is a non-partisan group that supports maintaining the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). “We believe this new website will be a useful source of factual information for those interested in grain-marketing issues, particularly during the CWB director elections currently underway,” said Bill Gehl, a Saskatchewan grain farmer and the chairperson of the group.

– Staff Problem spreads:Following up their work from last spring which confirmed the first finding of a glyphosateresistant weed in Canada, University of Guelph weed scientists have now confirmed the presence of additional glyphosate-resistant populations in soybean fields in southwestern Ontario. Greenhouse testing of seed samples collected from 57 fields in southwestern Ontario counties of Essex, Kent and Lambton in the fall of 2009 showed that an additional 16 fields had populations of giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida) resistant to glyphosate.

– Monsanto release

Jolly good fellow:

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) has selected Cynthia Grant as a 2010 ASA Fellow. It is the highest award bestowed by the society and recognizes outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension, service or administration.

Grant is a senior research scientist in soil fertility management at AAFC’s Brandon Research Centre. Her research program investigates the effects of crop production systems on nutrient availability with the aim of fine tuning nutrient management practices.

Farming the Walmart way:

Never mind the government regulators; mega retailer Walmart might one day be calling the shots on farm practices, according to theDes Moines Register. Walmart pledges to double sales of locally grown food by 2015 and is taking steps to ensure that all the food it sells is produced in sustainable ways. Walmart’s Sustainability Consortium includes Monsanto, Syngenta, Tyson Foods and organic yogurt maker Stonyfield farm. It is also working through the University of Arkansas and Arizona State University. – Staff

Assistance offered:The

Saskatchewan government has announced a livestock feed and forage program for producers affected by excess moisture. The program will provide transportation assistance to producers who have to haul feed to their livestock or transport livestock to alternative locations. In addition, the SFFP will provide $30 per acre to producers to reseed hay, forage or pasture land that has been damaged by excess moisture.

The SFFP is retroactive to June 1, 2010, and will run to August 1, 2011. Manitoba cattle producers are still waiting. – Staff

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