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PRODUCERS URGED TO PARTICIPATE IN AGRICULTURE SURVEYS
BISMARCK Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging producers to participate in the upcoming June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey, conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
The June surveys provide an important picture of the current state of U.S. agriculture and how things are shaping up for the industry in the 2011 growing season,...
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Texas Food Safety Conference to Offer Farmers, Others Strategies for Safeguarding Food Supply
AUSTIN - In an effort to enhance food safety and protect consumers from contaminated produce, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today spoke at the Texas Food Safety Conference in Austin, which runs May 10-11. The conference brings together farmers, retailers and consumers who are committed to enhancing the safety of our food.
"This conference offers strategies for implementing...
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Governor Quinn Recognizes Participants of the Illinois Innovation Talent Program
Students from 28 Schools Present Final Projects to Peers, Ind
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today recognized students from 28 Illinois high schools for their participation in the Illinois Innovation Talent Program. Through the program, students team up with private sector companies or public agencies to compete and collaborate on real world, problem-based learning challenges. The program is designed to improve student achievement and increase college and career...
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Gypsy Moth Quarantine Expands to Two Counties in Wisconsin
MADISON-Trapping numbers and field surveys indicate that the gypsy moth, the insect that favors a diet of oak leaves, is reproducing and taking hold in two Wisconsin counties.
On May 1, 2011, Jackson and Price counties will officially join most of eastern Wisconsin considered to be generally infested with the gypsy moth. The counties have been placed under federal and state gypsy moth...
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Cost Share Program Available for Fruit & Vegetable Growers
MADISON - Fruit and vegetable producers have an additional tool to minimize food safety hazards, ensure a safe product, and increase sales through the GAP/GHP Audit Verification Program. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is offering a GAP/GHP Cost Share Program to defray the cost of this voluntary audit.
GAP/GHP is administered by DATCP...
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Minimum wage to increase by 50 cents per hour
FREDERICTON (CNB) The minimum wage in New Brunswick will increase by 50 cents per hour to $9.50 per hour on Friday, April 1.
Employees paid a salary, or by commission, or by the piece, are entitled to receive at least the minimum wage for all hours worked under the control of the employer. Once this latest increase is in effect, an individual working 40 hours per week will earn...
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SASKWATER CELEBRATES CANADA WATER WEEK AND WORLD WATER DAY 2011
Did you know that letting your faucet run to fill a glass with cold water, rinse dishes or wash fruits and vegetables uses 7-12 liters of water per minute? To conserve water, refrigerate a jug of tap water for drinking or fill the sink with a small amount of water for your rinsing and washing needs.
To celebrate World Water Day 2011 on Tuesday, March 22, SaskWater encourages people...
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Premier Opens Bioenergy Plant at UNBC
PRINCE GEORGE - The University of Northern British Columbia - the first university in Canada to use bioenergy from waste wood products to heat campus buildings - celebrated the official opening of its new Bioenergy Plant today.
The plant, which uses innovative technology to convert bark, branches, sawdust and leftover wood products from nearby mills into a highly efficient means...
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Islanders encouraged to take part in Read Around the House
March Break is a great time to have fun with family literacy and Island families can do so this year through the new Read Around the House initiative, says Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Vessey.
"Read Around the House is designed to encourage reading and the enjoyment of books," said the Minister. "Island families are encouraged to read for 15 minutes a day in different areas...
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