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In Brief… – for Sep. 29, 2011

Cargill expands West Fargo plant:Cargill will spend an estimated $50 million rebuilding and expanding its oilseed-processing plant in West Fargo, the company has announced. The existing facility has served us well since we built it 30 years ago, and we are now looking at rebuilding it to meet the needs of our customers for the next 30 years, said Jaysen Schock, facility manager.

Construction is expected to start late fall 2011 with completion slated in time for the 2013 harvest. The plant employs 83 people.

Staff Railway supports flood relief:CN Rail has donated $37,500 to the Red Cross in support of flood relief efforts in Manitoba. The corporation matched donations from employees. This year s disaster ranks as one of the most costly flood events in the province s history. This donation not only represents support for the many families rebuilding their lives following the flood, but is also a testament to the caring and humanity of everyone at CN who have mobilized to help others in their time of need, said Sue Phillips, director general of the Red Cross in Western Canada. Staff New market for sheep, goats:Canadian sheep and goat breeders can now start exporting to Serbia and Malaysia following the conclusion of new agreements with both countries, the federal government has announced.

The estimated total value market for exports of sheep and goats to Serbia and of genetics to Malaysia could initially be worth close to $300,000 annually. The agreement is expected to allow the shipment of sheep and goat semen and embryos in support of a government and industry initiative to help Malaysia develop its domestic livestock sector. Staff Correction:The active ingredient in DuPont s new fungicide Acapela is picoxystrobin not pyraclostrobin as reported in the Sept. 22 edition. Staff

Farm journalist dies:Adrian

Ewins, a veteran agricultural reporter for theWestern Producerdied in Saskatoon Sept. 22 after a long battle with cancer. Ewins, known for his excellent reporting skills, sharp wit and gentle nature, covered the grain industry for theProducerfor more than 30 years. He was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 1989. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen Murdock, and his extended family. Staff IGC cuts global maize outlook:The International Grains Council cut its forecast for global maize production in 2011-12 by four million tonnes to a still record 845 million Sept. 22.

Despite a further reduction in U.S. crop prospects, larger outturns in most other major producers are forecast to lift world output by two per cent, the IGC said in a monthly report, estimating the 2010-11 maize crop at 826 million. Global wheat production in 2011-12 was raised by two million tonnes to 679 million, citing upward revisions for Russia, Ukraine and Australia. Latest PROs:Wheat values ranged from up $5 per tonne to $7 per tonne lower in the latest Canadian Wheat Board Pool Return Outlook. Strong demand for wheat at the lower end of the wheat quality scale is due to feed grain scarcity and high food prices. Increased supply of quality and protein is pressuring the top end of the market. The CWB has priced about 22 per cent of the wheat crop, and expects wheat pricing to reach 50 per cent by end December.

Durum values are lower by $2 to $11 per tonne. Malting barley is $2 per tonne; feed barley was left unchanged. Staff

Barley breeder dies:

Mario Therrien, a barley breeder at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada s Brandon Research Centre died Sept. 20 while at home recovering from surgery following a heart attack Sept. 9. Therrien developed a number of innovative varieties for food, malt and feed. For example, HB122 is a new food type and the first barley variety with good dough-producing characteristics. He also developed germplasm (FB015) with unique characteristics for swath grazing under western Canadian conditions. Staff

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