FOOD UPSKILLING DAY . . . FPANS SUPPORTS NORTHERN PULP . . . HORSES’ MOBILE EARS ARE COMMUNICATION TOOL . . . CHANGES TO THE DOE LICENSE FOR SOME AREAS OF N.S. . . . RESEARCH TARGETS CHICKEN VACCINES . . .
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FOOD UPSKILLING DAY– DO YOU HAVE A SKILL TO SHARE?
Do you have a food or garden based skill to share? Whether your passion is to grow, cook, preserve, ferment, store, dehydrate, save seeds, keep bees, raise chickens, we want to hear from you! Transition Bay St. Margaret’s has teamed up with the Ecology Action Centre to host a day of food-based “up-skilling.” On September 20 at the Shambhala School (9am-5pm), they will be hosting a variety of workshops and activities for people to build and share their food and garden skills. (read more)
FPANS SUPPORTS NORTHERN PULP
Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia has issued a statement urging Nova Scotians to be patient with Northern Pulp as it works toward installing new emission-reducing technology. Some of the equipment required for reducing emissions is not expected to arrive in Pictou until next year. The group said that residents concerned about the pollution levels shouldn’t rush to the easy solution of shutting down the mill. FPANS says forestry is a vital industry in the province and is the backbone of the rural economy and losing another pulp mill would be devastating to all parts of the forestry sector and the provincial economy. The statement pointed put that 70 percent of the forest industry workforce is based in rural areas and that forestry pumps $11 million a week into the provincial economy. Forestry generates $140 million in taxes and $1 billion in international exports each year.
HORSES’ MOBILE EARS ARE COMMUNICATION TOOL
Very mobile ears help many animals direct their attention to the rustle of a possible predator. But a study in horses suggests they also pay close attention to the direction another’s ears are pointing in order to work out what they are thinking. Researchers from the University of Sussex say these swivelling ears have become a useful communication tool. (read more)
CHANGES TO THE DOE LICENSE FOR SOME AREAS OF N.S.
The Nova Scotia government opened the process to apply for Doe Hunting License for the 2014 season. For the past several months, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture has been working with Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture to work on ways to address wildlife damage to crops and changes to the bag limit and antlerless deer were part of a whole series of solutions offered by our Wildlife Committee. (read more)
RESEARCH TARGETS CHICKEN VACCINES
The Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan received federal funding to help in studying bird health. The $275,000 in funds accessed via AgriInnovation of Growing Forward 2, will focus on new variants and transmission of the avian reovirus in broiler chickens. The organization will also evaluate vaccines for inclusion body hepatitis in field trials. (read more)
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