Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is back from an agricultural trade mission to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and the United States. In Mexico he announced a $5-million investment under the Canada Brand Initiative to boost the Mexican appetite and raise consumer awareness of Canadian foods. “This initiative will further connect the Canadian maple leaf and our commitment to quality to our Canadian agricultural products,” he said in a release. Canadian agriculture exports to Mexico totalled $1.6 billion in 2008.
Syngenta is sponsoring a photo competition to mark its 10th anniversary with the theme “Bringing Plant Potential to Life.” Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit entries between Jan. 20 and June 20 to compete for first, second and third prizes of $8,000, $5,000 and $3,000. Prizes are sponsored by Canon. The 2010 Photo Prize seeks outstanding images of plants, landscapes, communities and technologies in the context of global agriculture. Judging criteria can be found at www.syngentaphoto.com.
Homewood-area farmer Charlie Froebe is this year’s recipient of the Canola Award of Excellence by the Manitoba Canola Growers Association. The award presented during Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon recognizes Froebe for his years of service to the organization and his role in creating the canola cash advance program. Froebe served as treasurer and president of the Manitoba association and went on to become the first president of the Canadian Canola Growers Association.
Not a solution:
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz doesn’t favour introducing supply management as a means of helping Canada’s beef sector out of the doldrums. Ritz told reporters last week that a supply-managed beef-marketing system for Canada would likely result in about half of the country’s beef farmers leaving the industry. “I’m not sure that’s a viable alternative,” he said.
Some Western Canada ranchers have suggested supply management, which regulates prices and production, in light of their industry’s long decline.