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Canola board elections

Staff / Manitoba canola growers elected Huge Drake of Elkhorn, Jack Froese of Winkler, Dale Gryba of Gilbert Plains and Clayton Harder of Winnipeg to represent them on the Manitoba Canola Growers Association board of directors.

There were 8,983 ballots mailed out in the election this fall with 1.512 valid envelopes returned. The vote was conducted by Meyers Norris and Penny using a mail-in preferential voting system that allowed producers to rank the candidates in order of preference. Candidates were required to win more than 50 per cent of the active votes in any particular count to win one of the four available positions.

There were five candidates running. Brad Michaleski of Dauphin was the unsuccessful candidate.

CFGA receives promotion funds

Staff / The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association has received $85,000 from the federal government to help with promoting Canadian forage products internationally.

“This funding will help us focus on markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East,” said CFGA executive director Wayne Digby.

In 2010, Canada exported more than $90 million worth of hay and forage products to over 20 different countries. Canada is the third-largest exporter of forages in the world, and has approximately 10 per cent of the world market share.

The funds were provided through the federal AgriMarketing program.

MTS fibre optic network expands

MTS is extending its next-generation fibre optic network to four more Manitoba communities in 2012, the company announced Dec. 20.

Customers in Neepawa, Minnedosa, Killarney and Carberry will soon have access to MTS Ultimate TV and faster Internet speeds as the company brings its fibre-to-the-home network (FiON) to town.

The next-generation network supplies more bandwidth directly into customers homes providing support for current phone and Internet services and laying the ground work for expanded ones.

Customers on MTS’s fibre optic network will also have access to MTS Ultimate TV and a new suite of high-speed Internet products with speeds up to 25 Mbps and potential future speeds of over 100 Mbps.

MTS Ultimate TV is currently available to 95 per cent of Winnipeg households, and in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and a growing number of homes in Selkirk, Steinbach and Dauphin.

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