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STAFF / Manitoba farmers will soon be able to use an online service-delivery system to register for programs or apply for services offered by Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI).

The province has rolled out AccessManitoba, a new system meant to allow businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to register for programs and submit online applications or payments, and to provide improved customer service, the Manitoba government says in a release.

The AccessManitoba service is now available for people to apply and register for apprenticeship programs, but is to be expanded in early December to include MAFRI services.

AccessManitoba at that time is also to be rolled out to 11 other program areas including small business development, provincial business gateways and industry-workforce development.

Fatal farm accident

STAFF / RCMP say a 75-year-old Elphinstone man lost his life Oct. 22 after the tractor he was operating rolled off an embankment and into the Little Saskatchewan River.

The operator, a resident of the RM of Park, was found in the submerged tractor and transported to hospital by air ambulance. But he was pronounced deceased.

U.S. dust rules exclude farms

WASHINGTON/REUTERS/ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will not tighten controls on dust particles on farms when it sends the rule to the White House for its regular five-year review.

An EPA spokeswoman said the letter should end the myth of broader farm-dust regulation. Concern arose from proposals during the review process for stricter rules.

The National Farmers Union applauded final clarification by EPA that it does not plan to regulate farm dust.

The EPA s Clean Air Science Advisory Council issued a paper this year recommending revision of the dust rules to protect public health.

Livestock and farm groups have said it would be impossible to comply with stricter rules on exposure to dust, which they say is a natural part of farming.

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