Briefs – for Apr. 12, 2010

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Priddis and Millarville Fair suspended

The Millarville Racing and Agriculture Society (MRAS) will be suspending the annual Priddis and Millarville Fair for 2010.

“We have had to make this decision based on the fact that we simply cannot support it from a financial perspective,” MRAS president James Webb said in a release.

“This was a very difficult decision for our board, several of whom have been involved with the fair for over three decades.”

Webb said the fair stems back over 100 years and has a dedicated group of volunteers. He said the suspension will allow the MRAS to re-examine the future of the fair and allow them to focus on what it does well and build from there.

“Millarville hosts Alberta’s greatest outdoor market, the Millarville Races and a fantastic Millarville Rodeo. We are proud of these events and look forward to supporting their growth for years to come.”

Exotic plants threaten world’s rangelands

Exotic plant species are invading the world’s rangelands at an unprecedented rate, imposing both ecological and economic costs, says a new publication.

Leafy spurge is one of the many invasive plants threatening prairie rangeland and pasture.

A special issue of the journal Rangelands, focusing on the development of long-term countermeasures for invasive rangeland plants, was produced to commemorate the first joint meeting of The Society for Range Management and the Weed Science Society of America held in February 2010. The issue is sponsored by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Dow AgroSciences.

A Weed Science Society release says rapid movement of people and goods throughout the world has introduced invasive plant species both intentionally and accidentally. Invasive plant species have been introduced onto rangelands through disturbance, global change and land fragmentation.

The society says effective strategies are needed to prevent introduction of invasive plants, and there may be a need to develop new management strategies for coexisting with invasive plants.

Full text of the article is available at www2.allenpress.com.

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