HEALTH CANADA PULLING LAST OF CITRONELLA-BASED BUG SPRAYS . . . EATING 50% LOCAL IN SEPTEMBER!. . . . JAMAICA HAS APPROVED ALL IMPORTS OF CANADIAN BEEF . . . NATIONAL FARMERS UNION IN N.B. SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED . . . NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING . . .
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST...
HEALTH CANADA PULLING LAST OF CITRONELLA-BASED BUG SPRAYS
Health Canada is pulling the last of citronella-based bug sprays off the shelves by the end of December because of “the absence of adequate safety data.” The essential oil has been used as an insect repellent in Canada for decades. The move has left scientists who advised Health Canada on the issue befuddled by the ban. So are many consumers who prefer natural bug sprays over ones with synthetic chemicals like DEET. (read more)
EATING 50% LOCAL IN SEPTEMBER!
Last September, Alicia Lake – a local food advocate, eater and backyard gardener – founded the 50% Local September Club, inviting Cape Bretoners to join her in eating a diet of (at least) 50 percent locally grown food. More than 200 Cape Bretoners stepped up to the plate. They used Facebook as an online hub but also got together at farmers’ markets, restaurants and around the kitchen table. This September, Alicia, along with other local food advocates, is inviting all Nova Scotians to join the 50% Local Food Club to help increase support for our food producers and farmers while celebrating the wonderful food and beverages produced here. (read more)
JAMAICA HAS APPROVED ALL IMPORTS OF CANADIAN BEEF
Source: Farm Focus
Effective immediately, Canadian producers can export beef to Jamaica, with full access now restored after the closure of this market in 2003 due to BSE. Canada Beef Inc. estimates that the Jamaican market for Canadian beef is annually worth roughly $4.5 million, or 1.5 million pounds of beef. Jamaica is Canada’s second largest market for agricultural exports within the Caribbean region, only after Cuba. (read more)
NATIONAL FARMERS UNION IN N.B. SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED
The National Farmers Union in N.B. is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 NFU in N.B. Scholarship and David Frost Memorial Scholarships, awarded to N.B. high school graduates pursuing an education in agriculture or a related field. NFU in N.B. director and selection committee chair, Harold Culberson of Waterville, Carleton County, made the announcement at the National Farmers Union annual regional convention in Florenceville-Bristol on August 12.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
Source: NSFA Farm Safety Nova Scotia will be hosting a Special Meeting of its members, registered farm members of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. The NSFA Council of Leaders meeting will recess for this meeting. Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Society of Farm Safety Nova Scotia will be held at the Best Western Glengarry, Truro, N.S. on September 17 at 1pm for the purpose of considering and passing amendments to the by-laws. (read more)
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
ALL OUT TO OPPOSE DEFSEC 2014 ARMS TRADE SHOW – SEPT 4, 4PM
SEMINAR SCHEDULE FOR SECONDARY WOODWORKING SHOW ANNOUNCED
N.S. FRACKING MORATORIUM SHOULD CONTINUE
CROP YIELDS RETURN TO NORMAL: STATSCAN