Briefs – for Apr. 26, 2010

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CWB advances available

The Canadian Wheat Board’s 2010-11 Advance Payments Program (pre-harvest) begins April 1, with the following rates per tonne in place: wheat -$80; durum -$70; barley -$58.

Farmers can receive up to $400,000, with the first $100,000 interest-free. Applicants must have 2010 all-risk provincial crop insurance to be eligible. Agristability can be used as security if crop insurance is not in place. Forms will be available at most grain-handling facilities. For more information call 1-800-275-4292 or see www.cwb.ca

Pulses featured in Edmonton restaurants May 10-16

Alberta Pulse Growers is encouraging Albertans to savour their home-grown product in a “Savouring Pulses” meal at several fine Edmonton and area restaurants form May 10 to16.

The Chefs at Madison’s Grill, Blue Pear Restaurant, Wildflower Grill and Café Haven have created unique dishes with pulses, which include dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas, for a one-week promotion running from May 10 to 16, 2010.

Alberta Pulse Growers says the promotion builds on the success of previous Edmonton and Calgary restaurant promotions that showcased the range of pulses as an ingredient in fine dining.

Dishes will inclue Chef Blair Lebsack’s duck confit with a warm lentil salad or perhaps taco soup with mixed Alberta beans at Café Haven in Sherwood Park. Other savoury pulse dishes featured include Alberta lamb meatballs with a chickpea ragout at Madison’s Grill, or pea butter waffles with caramelized bananas at Café Haven. Pea butter is a locally made nut-free peanut butter replacement.

An updated list of featured restaurants and additional menu items will be provided in late April.

Hall of Fame deadline approaching

The deadline for nominations for this year’s Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame is May 10, 2010. Every second year, Alberta’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes up to three Albertans who have shown outstanding leadership, innovation and best business practices that have advanced Alberta’s agriculture and food industry at the highest community, provincial, national or international level. Information and nomination forms can be found at www.agriculture.alberta.ca/halloffame or by calling 780-422-0492, toll-free by dialing 310-000.

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