PEI AGRICULTURE SECTOR COUNCIL DEALING WITH MAJOR BUDGET CUTS . . . FOOD WASTE AND BEEF FAT WILL BE MAKING AIRPLANES SOAR . . . WIDESPREAD NEONIC PRESENCE FOUND IN U.S. WATERWAYS . . . GETTING TO THE MEAT OF THE CUCUMBER . . . INVITATION TO MOW: 12TH ANNUAL MARITIME HANDMOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS . . .
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PEI AGRICULTURE SECTOR COUNCIL DEALING WITH MAJOR BUDGET CUTS
Source: Island Farmer
The PEI Agriculture Sector Council is trying to figure out what programs it will be able to offer in the future as it deals with the impact of two budget cuts. Executive Director Laurie Loane explained the first cutback was expected. The federal government is reducing dollars under the Labour Market Agreement, and she noted government officials have warned another cutback will be coming next year. (read more)
FOOD WASTE AND BEEF FAT WILL BE MAKING AIRPLANES SOAR
Source: NPR What do beef tallow and manure have in common with t-shirts and pine needles? Turns out you can make high-quality, low-carbon transportation fuel with all of them. A growing number of biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers, and waste management companies to tap gassy waste to meet new demand for renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles. (read more)
WIDESPREAD NEONIC PRESENCE FOUND IN U.S. WATERWAYS
Source: The Western Producer
Neonicotinoids have been found in more than half of streams sampled across the United States, according to a new study by government researchers. The insecticide treatments are under scrutiny by the White House because of fears about their impact on honeybees. The study, published in Environmental Chemistry and conducted by U.S. Geological Survey researchers, found that five types of neonicotinoids were present in varying degrees in 149 samples taken from 48 streams. (read more)
GETTING TO THE MEAT OF THE CUCUMBER
Source: The Telegram
Cape Broyle Sea Products Ltd. wants to use cash the provincial government has given to it to further develop its sea cucumber operation on the Southern Shore. “We just split them and take the guts off and clean them inside and then pack them frozen,” says plant manager Surendra Botlagunta. (read more)
INVITATION TO MOW: 12TH ANNUAL MARITIME HANDMOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Source: Rural Delivery
Good morning handmowers. It’s time for the 12th Annual Maritime Handmowing Championships: Saturday, August 29, rain or shine (but it always shines!). We hope we will see you and friends that day at the Ross Farm Museum in New Ross with scythes (blades detached and covered) and ready to take part in one or more contests. Novice and “Well Honed Blades” (70 and older) events take place at 11 am. Open competition at 1 pm. Also of course, Hay Forking contest for all ages, the fun “Chair Mowing” contest, plus demonstrations of many practical hay and grain harvesting skills like stacking hay and flailing grain. Prizes for all in the Open championship competition. No charge for those arriving with scythes and ready to join the fun. Please plan to take part, and please spread the word. Thanks to all, Dirk PS: If you are planning to take part it will help with planning if you let us know by email or phone, 902-354-5411, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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