In Brief… – for Sep. 23, 2010

COOL hearing underway:

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president Travis Toews said he is pleased with how the Canadian government presented its case against U. S. Country of Origin Labelling legislation before a WTO dispute settlement panel in Geneva, Switzerland last week. The U. S. did not challenge any of Canada’s economic evidence, but argued that these impacts were the result of choices by market participants, not a result of any U. S. government requirement. The process will continue over the next year and beyond.

Staff

Implement stolen:

Selkirk RCMP are looking for a farm implement stolen from a vacant property near Grassmere Road and Highway 9 in the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul.

The implement described as a 2002 Case IH PTX300 tiller red in color is valued at approximately $30,000. Selkirk RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance with solving this crime. If you have information please contact the Selkirk RCMP at (204)482-3322 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS(8477)

‘Good morning’ java nixed:

A U. S. company selling instant coffee spiked with a drug similar to the active ingredient in Viagra has been ordered by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration to stop selling its “passion in a cup.”

Calling it an unapproved drug disguised as a food, the FDA told the New York-based INZ Distributors Inc. to either change the formulation of its Magic Power Coffee or pull it from the market. The instant coffee came with instructions to “use approximately 30 to 45 minutes prior to engaging in sexual intercourse.” – Staff Manager appointed:

Guy Robbins has been appointed visitor services manager of the newly constructed Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, located at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station south of Winnipeg, The nnovative agricultural education facility features interactive hands-on displays about every aspect of food production. Previously the curator of the Augusta Museum of History and executive director of the Millville Air Field Museum, Robbins has extensive experience in heritage tourism and local history interpretation. – Staff Frost damage:Killing frosts reached north-central areas of Alberta that usually produce one-sixth of Canada’s canola and almost one-fifth of its spring wheat. But while the frost devastated some crops, many of those that absorbed the coldest temperatures were already mature enough to withstand much of the damage, said Stuart McMillan, crop and weather analyst at the Canadian Wheat Board. “I don’t want to sound the alarm bells to all the customers yet,” he said. Milder frost hit parts of the eastern Prairies later in the week. – Reuters/staff

Possible shortline:

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives is offering to host information sessions outlining options available to parties interested in the acquisition of the Arcola Subdivision – a CP line running between Schwitzer (near Souris) to Redvers, Sask.

CP has targetted the line for abandonment.

Interested stakeholders are invited to a meeting in Redvers, Sask. on October 5, 2010. For more information, please contact Joy Domian, MAFRI, at 204- 851-2368.

– Staff Reality check:U. S. cattle futures fell more than one per cent on Sept. 20 in reaction to a larger-than-expected cattle supply revealed in USDA’s monthly cattle report.

Analysts, on average, expected a 1.1 per cent increase in feedlot cattle numbers. Instead, USDA showed a nearly three per cent increase largely due to an unexpected seven per cent jump in placements. “Without a doubt that report was a shock,” said Jim Sauter, independent cattle trader.

Larger supplies coupled with rising corn prices is expected to cut into profitability.

Potato farm accident:

A 14-year-old girl is in hospital with injuries to her lower body after becoming trapped in potato conveyor machinery on a Carberry-area farm Sept. 18.

RCMP say the youth had attempted to cross over the conveyor when it was in motion and slipped, causing her to become entangled and trapped between the conveyor belt and the motor support bracket. The investigation is continuing under the Manitoba Labour and Immigration Workplace Safety and Health Division. – Staff

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