A WALK IN THE WOODS . . . SOFTWOOD LUMBER AGREEMENT LIKELY TO EXPIRE: B.C. MINISTER . . . BUSINESS ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR FARM BUSINESS – CHANGE OF START . . . ASIAN COUNTRIES HAVE NORDIC BERRY FEVER, AND FINLAND CAN'T KEEP UP . . . NFU WORRIED ABOUT IMPACT OF RURAL AMALGAMATION . . .
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST...
A WALK IN THE WOODS
You are invited to enjoy a walk in the Oultons’ well managed forest. Mike and Dianne Oulton and family have been stewards of their land for several family generations. Mike has been working on improving their woodland for more than 40 years. The Department of Natural Resources is organizing a public field day at the Oulton woodland Saturday, September 19 in Martock, just outside Windsor. (read more)
SOFTWOOD LUMBER AGREEMENT LIKELY TO EXPIRE: B.C. MINISTER
Source: Pulp and Paper Canada
British Columbia's Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations, Steve Thomson, expects the Canada-United States Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) will expire next month and enter a one-year standstill period. The Alaska Highway News site reports that Thomson made the comments while visiting the ministry’s office in Dawson Creek on Sept. 2. Thomson said his ministry’s position is consistent with the industry’s position, that is, they would like to see the agreement renewed in its current form. (read more)
BUSINESS ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR FARM BUSINESS – CHANGE OF START
Source: NSFA Running a business requires different skill sets beyond production. Through this course we will look at management skills to increase your success rate covering such topics as marketing, human resource management, record keeping, understanding financials, communication and negotiation skills, knowledge of business regulatory issues, inventory control, planning, organization, problem solving, strategic planning, succession planning, etc. This course will start on Monday, September 28 and run each Monday for nine weeks from 10 - 3 pm in the Perennia Innovation Park, Bible Hill.
ASIAN COUNTRIES HAVE NORDIC BERRY FEVER, AND FINLAND CAN'T KEEP UP
Right now, some 7,000 Thai workers are combing the Lapland wilderness of Finland and Sweden for bilberries, lingonberries, and cloudberries. Each day, they hike into the woods that lie mostly above the Arctic Circle with buckets and simple scooping tools, emerging with up to 270 pounds in berries per person. The pressure to pick as many tiny blue, red, and yellow berries as possible is intense. If the migrant foragers are lucky, can stay healthy, and find good berry patches, they can make more money in one season than they could in two years back at home. (read more)
NFU WORRIED ABOUT IMPACT OF RURAL AMALGAMATION
Source: Island Farmer
The National Farmers Union is raising alarm bells about plans by the Wade MacLauchlan government to encourage the regionalization of smaller municipalities and unincorporated areas. MacLauchlan has made no secret of the fact he feels every Islander should be living in an incorporated municipality. Right now, close to 30 percent of the land mass in the province is not part of a municipal government. (read more)
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
FEDERAL LEADERS' DEBATE: CANADA'S TRADE DEALS NEED INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS, NOT CORPORATE CHEERLEADING
DIXON’S BEEF FARM A POPULAR VENDOR AT SACKVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET
BRITISH LABOUR PARTY APPOINTS VEGAN TO DEAL WITH FARMING ISSUES
INTEGRATED BIOENERGY AND FOOD PRODUCTION – A GERMAN SURVEY ON STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENTS OF ANAEROBIC DIGESTION IN ORGANIC FARMING SYSTEMS