AG Notes

Diversification centres receive funding

Manitoba’s four non-profit diversification centres will receive almost $45,000 to buy equipment designed to support innovative methods of food production.

The money is from federal and provincial government sources.

The Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation in Roblin received $12,000 to buy an aerial drone imaging system. It will provide more detailed information about soil, crops and growing conditions.

The Westman Agricultural Diversification Organization in Melita received nearly $20,000 to purchase harrows and an optical seed counter to improve efficiencies and the services to producers.

The Prairies East Sustainable Agriculture Initiative in Arborg received $3,000 to buy a baler, which will be used in a research project for two new linen flax varieties.

The Manitoba Horticulture Productivity Enhancement Centre in Portage la Prairie will receive nearly $10,000 to buy a high tunnel greenhouse to market vegetables and fruits more quickly, with more consistent quality and lower risk of weather-related damage.

Niagara centre receives funding

The federal government is investing more than $2.5 million on two projects at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, Ont.

More than $1.4 million will be spent to modernize the centre’s rose breeding program using the latest DNA technology to develop cold hardy, black spot resistant rose varieties.

The centre will also receive more than $1.1 million to help producers tap into international markets for their crops. Research will focus on increasing seasonal field production of oriental long eggplants and okra, developing sweet potato varieties adapted to Canadian conditions and evaluating greenhouse technologies.

Animal care practices

Ottawa plans to invest more than $2 million to the non-profit Canadian Animal Health Coalition to develop and update animal care codes for the poultry sector and develop three new codes of practice for other farm animals.

Guidance materials will be developed to make sure farmers have access to up-to-date codes and assessment programs.

4-H Club Wins Scrap Tire Roundup

During the Black Gold Rush scrap tire roundup, 400,000 kilograms of scrap tires were collected by the Shaunavon Multiple 4-H Club from the Rural Municipalities of Wise Creek, Grassy Creek, Bone Creek and Arlington, Sask.

The Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corp. operates the program, which is a one-time, free cleanup of scrap tires held June 2-22.

The campaign focused on 44 municipalities throughout southern Saskatchewan. It has cleaned up 258,163 scrap tires from 113 RMs since 2010.

The tires will be processed into crumb rubber that can be used for playgrounds, civil engineering applications and manufactured products.

There were few disposal options before the non-profit, industry-led organization was formed. Most tires were stockpiled . The corporation has collected 21 million scrap tires since forming in 1996.

For more information, contact executive director Theresa McQuoid at 306-721-8470, or director of special projects Jackie Kuntz at 306-721-8472.



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