February 2, 2015

NEW PROGRAM – BUILDING INDUSTRY CAPACITY . . . WEATHER DAMPENS INSECT POPULATION . . . MONARCH BUTTERFLY POPULATION RECOVERING BUT STILL LOWEST IN YEARS . . . NEW INDUSTRIAL APPROVAL ISSUED TO NORTHERN PULP . . . OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST...

NEW PROGRAM – BUILDING INDUSTRY CAPACITY
Source: NSEF
The Honorable Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture has announced a new program, Building Industry Capacity. The Building Industry Capacity program is a three-year program commencing in 2015-16 fiscal year. The program is expected to support projects with sector-wide benefits. The objectives are to enhance, develop, and diversify agri-business infrastructure and improve competitiveness. (read more)  

WEATHER DAMPENS INSECT POPULATION
Source: FCC
Cool and wet conditions over the past three growing seasons have taken a toll on crop-consuming insects. Grasshoppers are a perfect example, according to Dr. Owen Olfert, an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Scientist in Saskatoon. “Pests react totally differently depending on their ecological requirements,” Olfert says. “Grasshoppers like it hot and dry, so it’s not surprising that the grasshopper population in Saskatchewan was really low last year.” Armyworm and Flea beetles also had lower infestation levels in 2014. (read more)

MONARCH BUTTERFLY POPULATION RECOVERING BUT STILL LOWEST IN YEARS
Source: WWF
In recent years, the number of acres of forests covered by wintering butterflies in Mexico has dramatically decreased. The forest area occupied by these dramatic tight concentrations of wintering Monarchs serves as a reliable index of the total number of remaining Monarchs as all Monarchs return to the same forest each winter. In the latest survey from Mexico, the Monarch butterfly population occupied a total of 2.8 acres of forest. This area represents an increase of 69 percent compared to the 2013 survey (1.7 acres). But, this is still the second smallest area since 1993. (read more)

NEW INDUSTRIAL APPROVAL ISSUED TO NORTHERN PULP
Source: N.S. Dept of Environment
The Department of Environment has issued a new industrial approval to Northern Pulp in Pictou County. The approval or operating license replaces the existing one that expired Jan 30. “We have heard the concerns raised by the people of Pictou County and the new approval demonstrates that the status quo is no longer an option,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “The changes, once implemented, will help to address the concerns of residents and bring Northern Pulp in line with other kraft pulp mills of this type in North America.”  (read more)

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

HORSE DRUGS AND MEDICATION: DON’T OVERDO IT
http://horsetalk.co.nz/2015/01/30/horse-drugs-medication-dont-overdo/#axzz3QY8hT3cH

THE ICEBERGS ARE TALKING. WE JUST HAVE TO LISTEN
www.npr.org/2015/02/01/382980142/the-icebergs-are-talking-we-just-have-to-listen

WOOD-BASED BEER BOTTLE 
http://www.canadianbiomassmagazine.ca/news/wood-based-beer-bottle-5062

NANOPESTICIDES ILLICIT WORRY AND HOPE
http://www.agriview.com/news/crop/nanopesticides-illicit-worry-and-hope/article_3c720a84-b02f-5684-b9b0-25a363fef2a4.html