In Brief… – for Nov. 26, 2009

Invasive species site expands: The Invasive Species Council of Manitoba has broadened the scope of its website beyond aquatic species to provide overviews on all invasive species of concern in the province. The site, at www.invasivespeciesmanitoba.com,now includes information on “invaders” such as purple loosestrife, Dutch elm disease, leafy spurge, curly leaf pond-weed and zebra mussels. The council and its Alberta and Saskatchewan counterparts also planned to unveil a new 2010 calendar of Prairie invasive species at the ISCM meeting Nov. 20 in Portage la Prairie. Cheese makers to appeal ruling: Saputo and Kraft Canada plan to appeal last month’s Federal Court ruling that effectively shot down their challenge of federal standards for cheese made in and imported to Canada, according to Quebec farm paper La Terre de Chez Nous. The standards, which took effect last December, put limits on cheese makers’ use of milk solids, also called “modified milk” or milk protein. The new standards also require cheese makers to use more whole milk in their processing. Parmalat Canada, which with Kraft and Saputo sought a judicial review last year, does not appear to have joined their appeal. Smaller vehicles lose in crashes:An 87-year-old St. Claude man and passenger took non-life-threatening injuries Nov. 18 when their Ford Fusion went to pass an eastbound semi-trailer hauling round bales on Highway 1 near Portage la Prairie. RCMP said the car spun into the ditch after it “made contact with the side of the trailer.” Another collision closed Garven Road in the R. M. of Springfield for over three hours Nov. 16 when a westbound pickup truck rear-ended a tanker truck loaded with anhydrous ammonia. No leaks occurred from the tanker; the pickup driver suffered minor injuries, RCMP said.

Pulse crop projects funded:

Ottawa on Friday pledged over $4.4 million for four projects meant to boost profitability in pulses. They include a campaign marketing pulses as environmentally friendly (up to $1.5 million); development of Canadian pulses in “growing markets for healthy and sustainable food” (also up to $1.5 million); an equipment initiative for “more efficient and reliable” transport of pulses (up to $1.13 million); and up to $308,250 through the federal AgriMarketing program for “promoting pulses as important in health and environmentally conscious markets worldwide.”

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