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Horticulture investment

The federal government is investing up to $1.1 million to increase the domestic and international market for Canadian ornamental horticulture.

The money is ear marked to help the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association market nursery products in Canada and globally through trade shows and hosting sales missions.

Canada’s ornamental horticulture industry includes floriculture, nurseries, and turf sod and generated $1.93 billion in sales last year. More than 98.5 percent of exports went to the U.S., which brought in more than $438 million.

Farm and food care

Clinton Monchuk is the executive director of Farm and Food Care, Saskatchewan as of Oct. 1.

He replaces Adele Buettner who will continue as principal of AgriBiz Communications Corp.

Monchuk has been chief executive officer of Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan since 2007.

He grew up on a family dairy, beef and grain farm near Lanigan, Sask.

He received his Bachelors of science in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and then a Master’s in business Administration in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.

Bursary winners

The Manitoba Beef Producers have announced the winners of six bursaries for 2016.

The MBP offers six $500 bursaries to members, or the children of members, who are attending university, college or other post-secondary institutions, or students pursuing trades .

Preference is given to students who are pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or those acquiring a skilled trade that would benefit the rural economy.

President Heinz Reimer noted that several “past bursary recipients have gone on to careers in rural Manitoba and are making significant contributions to their respective communities.”

Each student submitted a 600-word essay on what the beef industry means to them, their family, community and Manitoba.

Students were also asked to in-clude the reasons they enjoy being involved in agriculture.

  • Marianne Sytnyk – Oakburn, Man, District 7
  • Dawson Proctor – Woodlands, Man, District 9
  • Emily Barteaux – Birtle, Man., District 7
  • Rebecca Zimmer – Inglis, Man., District 13
  • Josey Millward – Garland, Man., District 13
  • Sheena Meggison – Goodlands, Man., District 1

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