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In Briefs continued from page 2 – for Mar. 4, 2010

Honoured: The Manitoba Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association (MFWBA) selected Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba as the recipient of its first annual Agriculture Awareness Award Feb. 18. “Our goal with this award is to recognize the people in Manitoba who capture our imagination and interest, compelling us to learn more about agriculture’s role in our province,” said MFWBA president Crystal Jorgenson. Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba is a non-profit organization supported by individuals and the agriculture industry. Fishing shack drinkers hooked: RCMP partnered with Natural Resources Officers from Manitoba Conservation and conducted checks of fishermen and ice-fishing shacks on the Red River near Selkirk recently. Multiple charges under the provincial Liquor Control Act and the provincial Fisheries Act resulted. RCMP would like to remind everyone that liquor is not permitted on the ice or inside the portable ice shelters. Penalties may include fines and destruction of liquor. Additionally, all ice shacks must be removed by March 15, 2010. More wheat: The International Grains Council raised its forecast for 2010 global wheat production Feb. 25 although it was still expected to be slightly lower than last year’s. The London-based IGC also increased its forecast for the 2009 world maize crop by six million tonnes to a record 797 million tonnes, exceeding the previous all-time high of 795 million established in 2007.

The IGC forecast the 2010 world wheat crop would total 659 million tonnes, up six million from its previous projection, but still below last year’s 675 million. China top producer: China extended its position as the world’s leading food producer in 2008, when its agricultural production jumped 30 per cent, measured by value, World Trade Organization data show. Chinese farm production rose to $759.94 billion in 2008 from $584.25 billion in 2007, according to the WTO website.

Because the figures measure the value not the volume of agricultural production, they say nothing about the 2008 food crisis which led to riots in several countries by poor consumers hit by a surge in prices.

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