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Newsmakers – for Oct. 24, 2011

Andrew Potter,director and CEO of the University of Saskatchewan s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre has been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Science. His work has contributed to several world firsts, including the world s first genetically engineered animal vaccine and the world s first vaccine to protect food and water againstE. coli 0157: H7,and 50 patents for human and animal vaccines and therapeutics.

The Government of Canada has given a Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) research grant of $320,000 to the Canadian Cattlemen s Association to find a better screening test for TB in cattle. By giving the grant to the CCA the government has assured cattle producers will have a say in replacing the cumbersome and expensive skin tests currently used by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in their attempt to eradicate this disease from the North American cattle herd.

Cam Davreaux,a pioneer in agricultural stewardship as it relates to crop chemicals was recently recognized for his contributions at the Conference on Canadian Stewardship. In particular he was cited for three programs he spearheaded that have been adopted internationally. These are the Canadian crop industry s recycling of 87.5 million empty pesticide containers since 1989, the collection of 1.4 million kilograms of obsolete pesticides since 1998 and the return of over 130,000 empty pesticide paper bags since 2006.

Manitoba s Agriculture MinisterStan Struthershandily won his Dauphin riding in the Oct. 4 election that gave the governing New Democratic Party its fourth majority government with 37 seats to 19 for the PCs and 1 Liberal.

Meanwhile in Ontario Agriculture MinisterCarol Mitchellwas defeated by nearly 4,500 votes as her Liberal party was re-elected but fell one seat short of forming another majority government.

George Webster,the MLA for Borden-Kinkora and Prince Edward Island s agriculture minister since January 2009, was among the members of the Liberal caucus heading back to the legislature aftertheLiberals were returned with a healthy majority last month.

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Readers who fondly remember the From the Banks of the Red Deer columns written by rancherTom Livingstonshould know that many of Tom s old columns have been pulled together in a self-published book. It s a fun read and brings back fond memories of Tom s unique view of the world that he shared with the readers of this magazine from 1994 to 2008 when he suffered a stroke. Fittingly enough the book is titled FROM THE BANKS OF THE RED DEER. Copies can be purchased for $25 in Canada by writing to David and Cheryl Andrews, Box 6 Site 2 RR 1, Brooks, Alta. T1R 1E1, or [email protected]

by email. (Cheques should be made out to Tom Livingston.)

In step with the Conservative government s steady campaign to dismantle the mandatory control of the Canadian Wheat Board the federal Agriculture MinisterGerry Ritztransferred the Advance Payments Program (APP) for western wheat, durum and barley from the CWB to the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) last month. The CCGA already administers the program for more than 20 other commodities in Western Canada.

Canadian producers might feel a bit like the poor kid with his eyes glued to the candy store window when hearing of the success U.S. beef is enjoying in South Korea. The envy can only increase after Congress passes the long-delayed free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. PresidentObamasubmitted the agreements ments to Congress on our deadline for this issue. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation the South Korea FTA alone would boost U.S. beef exports to more than $1 billion per year over the 15-year implementation period, up from $518 million in 2010. Korea is currently the fourth-largest value market for U.S. beef and pork exports and the FTA will only make them more competitive by reducing the 40 per cent duties on beef and 25 per cent on pork to zero.

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