Six Manitoba students are among 30 who have earned Horizon scholarships of $1,000 each from Syngenta Crop Protection Canada. Successful applicants live or work on Prairie farms, plan on post-secondary education in agriculture, business or natural science and are chosen based on academic standing, extracurricular activities and community involvement. This year’s Manitoba scholars are Angela Brackenreed of Justice, Tracy Elliott of Brandon, Bryan Foote of Killarney, Ashley Friesen of Austin, Stephanie Grieg of Reston and Kristina Moffatt of Winkler. Excellence noted: Two Manitoba organizations were honoured with national awards this month for demonstrating excellence in Canadian agriculture. The Manitoba Southwest Farm Women’s Network was presented with the 2008 Canadian Agri-Food Award of Excellence for volunteerism for its efforts over the past 23 years to promote rural living. The rapidly expanding Peak of the Market vegetable marketing board received the Award of Excellence for Agri-Food Exports. The awards were among six presented last week at the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair. National voice: Farmers’ Markets Ontario is creating a new organization, to be known as Farmers’ Markets Canada (FMC), which will look at national issues impacting farmers’ markets across Canada and undertake activities to increase the number of farmers’ markets. It will also develop a network of industry and community partners to share knowledge and expertise.
The new organization says in a release it is conducting a market study to develop a profile of shoppers and vendors at farmers’ markets. Recommendations will be circulated in February 2009. Green registry: The province has launched a website that helps people understand the sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and how to measure and reduce these emissions, Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau has announced. The Green Registry will regularly add to its database of residential and business incentive programs, greenhouse gas protocols, calculators and climate change service providers. The registry can be found at: www.greenregistry.org.