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In Brief… – for Oct. 21, 2010

Baltic stake:Viterra Inc. is opening a new marketing office in Kiev, Ukraine. “By establishing our company in key geographic areas such as Ukraine, we extend our ability to manage trade flows of food ingredients, freight activities and arbitrage opportunities, while managing price risk,” said Christian Joerg, vice-president and managing director, Europe.Net trade exports of wheat, barley and canola from the Black Sea region are expected to increase by 7.6 million tonnes over the next 10 years, an approximate increase of 23 per cent. – Staff New oil:A project under Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Bioenergy Optimization Program will evaluate the potential benefits of using pyrolysis oil, a bio-oil replacement for heavy oil that is often used in agriculture and industry.

“The testing of pyrolysis oil will provide agricultural and industrial customers with future access to alternative fuels and an increased understanding of how to make the most of renewable energy resources,” a federal news release says.

The federal government is contributing $2.42 million to the project. – Staff

Rural research supported:

Agriculture, Food and Rural

Development Minister Stan Struthers has presented $90,000 in funding to Brandon University as part of the province’s ongoing support for the Rural Development Institute (RDI). “Manitoba’s rural areas are a vital part of our economy, our environment and our culture,” said Struthers. “Our support of the RDI is a clear indication of our commitment to ongoing studies that examine approaches to addressing rural needs and opportunities.” – Staff Good boss:For the fourth consecutive year, Monsanto Canada has been selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in Mediacorp Canada Inc.’s annual survey of Canadian businesses.

Now in its 11th year, Canada’s Top 100 Employers designation recognizes the Canadian employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Considered the most in-depth analysis of human resource trends in Canada’s private and public sectors, this year’s top businesses were selected after a 12-month review and investigation of over 2,750 employers. – Monsanto release Celebrate:October 17-23 is Co-opWeek, a national celebration of Canada’s 9,000 co-operative businesses. This year’s theme is “Experience the Co-operative Difference,” which focuses on the values, principles and practices that make co-operatives different from other enterprises.

“We want as many Canadians as possible to experience the co-op difference first hand, not only during Co-opWeek but all year round,” said Carol Hunter, executive director of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA). Canadian co-operatives have a total of 17 million members.

– Staff Honoured:Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and world-renowned father of the Green Revolution, was posthumously awarded the prestigious Agricola Medal from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization during the recent World Food Security Conference in Rome.

In announcing the award, the organization’s director general, Dr. Jacques Diouf, announced the award and paid homage to Borlaug’s lifelong efforts toward ending world hunger. Borlaug passed away last year at age 95. – Staff The race is on:Three Manitoba farmers want to be the next Canadian Wheat Board director for District 9 – Gary Draper of Lenore, John Sandborn of Benito and Ernie Sirski of Dauphin. Voting packages will be mailed to eligible voters Oct. 26. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Dec. 3. Election results will be announced December 12. For details on the election process, including voter eligibility, regulations and voting districts, visit, call toll free 1-877- 780.VOTE (8683) or send an email to [email protected] Colourful crunch:A Floridabased U. S. produce company has developed red-coloured celery to give salads and dips some “colourful crunch.” Celery producer Duda Farm Fresh Foods unveiled the celery variety at the U. S. Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit Trade Show in Orlando, Fla. Oct. 16.

Researchers developed the milder-tasting red salad vegetable by cross-pollinating an existing green commercial variety with an old-world heritage celery root, or celeriac variety, whose original heirloom seed could be traced back to Eastern Europe. Tractor malfunction kills farmer:A Niverville-area farmer died Oct. 7 from injuries sustained in a “mechanical malfunction” of his tractor. The farmer, who the Steinbach Carillonidentifies as Jake Redekop, 77, was in the cab operating the machine at the time, St. Pierre Jolys RCMP said. No details were available about the malfunction or how it caused his injuries. Funeral services were held Oct. 13 for Redekop, who during his career served on the Farm Debt Review Board and on the boards of the Red River Co-op, Niverville Credit Union, Niverville Health Foundation and Providence College.

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