TILE DRAINAGE OUTLETS . . . CATTLE PRICES STAY STRONG . . . REALLY LOCAL HARVEST CO-OP LAUNCHES HARVEST BASKETS . . . GOVERNMENT SEEKING HOUSEHOLDS FOR ENERGY SAVING PROJECT . . . CANADA’S FIRST LAND RAISED ATLANTIC SALMON ACHIEVES TOP ECO-RANKING . . .
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TILE DRAINAGE OUTLETS
This is a good time of year to check to see if your tile drainage outlets are working properly. It is common for tile drainage outlets located in ditches to get covered over with siltation from the ditch and block the discharge of water from the drainage tile. Drainage water will usually run out of the outlet for approximately two days after a large rainfall that completely saturates the soil. If you have trouble locating your tile drainage outlets, the NSFA has an inventory of tile drainage plans on its website. (read more)
CATTLE PRICES STAY STRONG
Cattle market experts say one of the most recent surprises in the Western Canadian cattle feeder market has been the inelasticity of beef demand. Many observers believed higher beef prices – created by tight global supplies – would eventually curb consumer demand. That hasn't been the case as retail beef sales have held their own, creating an inelastic market. Market observers say one main reason is the lack of less expensive substitutes. The United States Department of Agriculture reports the total supply of beef, pork, and chicken in cold storage is down nearly 12 percent from a year ago. The robust market fundamentals have created a bullish market for feeder cattle with multiple buyers at Saskatchewan and Manitoba auction markets. (read more)
REALLY LOCAL HARVEST CO-OP LAUNCHES HARVEST BASKETS
New Brunswick’s Really Local Harvest Co-op is launching a new local food basket distribution service containing products from its farmer members and local food artisans. Harvest Baskets will use the same system currently providing local food to 25 schools from the Francophone Sud School District. It is a weekly rendezvous with the region's flavors. The Really Local Harvest Co-op is a 30 member non-profit cooperative created 2000. The co-op’s mandate is to promote its members products, to help producers improve their viability, and to promote sustainable farming practices. Amongst others, the co-op is responsible for the management of the Dieppe Market as well as the “farm to cafeteria” service, distributing local food to more than 8,000 students in southeastern N.B. Subscribers to the Really Local Harvest Baskets will receive fruits, vegetables, meats, and a variety of local products from the region’s farmers and food artisans. According to the co-op’s president, Alain Rousselle (ALVA Farm) “Harvest Baskets are an easy way to discover and rediscover our region’s best products, delivered each week near your home or workplace.” The project will contribute to the viability of the region’s producers while reducing the impact of food transportation on climate change. Subscribers will also receive recipes and suggestions on how to prepare and preserve local foods, as well as information on the farmers and artisans involved. People can subscribe to the harvest baskets now, with the first delivery week planned for November 18. Visit the Harvest Basket kiosk at the Dieppe Market on Saturday November 1 and 8 or contact Really Local Harvest at 506-961-2267 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOVERNMENT SEEKING HOUSEHOLDS FOR ENERGY SAVING PROJECT
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is offering homeowners the opportunity to be involved in a pilot project that evaluates the effect of real-time energy data in participating homes. “We are excited to launch this pilot project to explore the effectiveness of different approaches to helping households conserve energy. I encourage homeowners to get involved in this project and take responsibility for learning more about their energy consumption. Saving energy saves money and protects the environment.” (read more)
CANADA’S FIRST LAND RAISED ATLANTIC SALMON ACHIEVES TOP ECO-RANKING
Source: Vancouver Observer
Canada’s first land-raised Atlantic salmon has achieved the top sustainability ranking issued by the world’s leading independent eco-ranking program. KUTERRA Land Raised Atlantic salmon has received the highest ranking issued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. It gives KUTERRA salmon a Seafood Watch and SeaChoice green, “Best Choice” recommendation. It also makes the product Ocean Wise. (read more)
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