Mosaic to mine phosphate in Saudi Arabia

reuters / U.S. fertilizer producer Mosaic plans to invest up to $1 billion in a joint venture to produce phosphate in Saudi Arabia, giving the Minnesota-based company a road into India and other growing Asian markets.

Mosaic will own one-quarter of the $7-billion project, with the remainder held by two Saudi companies.

Phosphate production has not increased as quickly as nitrogen and potash production in recent years, said Mosaic chief executive Jim Prokopanko.

“The only way we’re going to increase the food supply is with more technology, principally crop nutrients applied to fields around the world,” said Prokopanko.

ACC to pilot post-secondary 4-H club

ACC release / Assiniboine Community College will soon be home to a Future Leaders 4-H Club.

The Manitoba 4-H Council has recently changed its membership rules to allow members from ages seven to 25, which means young adults can continue their involvement while attending post-secondary institutions, or join a 4-H club for the first time.

The Brandon college has received a grant from the RBC 4-H rural-urban youth outreach program to assist with startup costs for the club and is currently recruiting members to mobilize the club prior to the end of the school year. Nicole Blyth, a first-year agribusiness student at the college, has been selected as president of the new club.

“We at 4-H Manitoba are excited to partner with Assiniboine Community College, and other colleges and universities in our province, to provide a non-traditional 4-H experience for our youth,” said Carrie Tapp, president of the Manitoba 4-H Council.

“This program is an excellent way to encourage young adults to join and benefit from the wide range of skill-building opportunities and grow professionally through 4-H,” added Ron Kostyshyn, minister of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.

Members of the Future Leaders Club will work towards receiving a Recognition of Achievement to be included on their resumé and 4-H record.

“This is a way to connect members from many different clubs provincially and even outside of our province,” said Derrick Turner, dean of the School of Business, Agriculture & Environment. “We want to provide our club members with professional learning opportunities at the college level.”

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