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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A3 JUNE 2002 LOCAL GOT A NEWS TIP Yon can reach us at 5717430 wtoflfite 18777865786 Projects spruce up lowcost housing BY ROD NICKEL Brandon Sun Shortly after one major housing project col a series of others are set to Downtown Brandon lost out on 60 units planned for Pacific Avenue when the developer failed to finalize financing earlier this But 13 projects announced yesterday that will cash in on incentive programs neatly take its renovating 65 The projects will mostly fix up existing units and create a few new Rehabilitation of existing apartment units is critical to the success of our neighbourhood revi talization and renewal says John vicechair of Neighbourhood Renewal As a condition of accessing public land lords must keep rent to set Two bedroom apartments must rent for no more than a month including while singlebedroom units rent for including Developer VanBi who received money for two of his says theres great demand for affordable rental 1 dont see any problem filling them He opened 11 units in another building last month and has already filled The federal government will contribute while provincial programs add another That works out to an average of per with developers paying the remaining ren ovation The money comes from unspent budgets for Brandon housing projects from last There is still about available for other projects left behind by the failed Pacific Avenue says Merv general manager of Brandon and Area Planning Instead of concentrating redevelopment on one the latest projects are spread around the city mostly Somethings Not but somethings says Rosser Marion Taking care of downtown is a fulltime busi ness that never Robinsong says government still needs to create housing for people who need cheaper rent par ticularly welfare Housing Minister Tim Sale says the province has rent supplements available for families and seniors on but not The province encourages welfare clients to double up to pool shelter he The longterm solution is further increases to minimum wage and a national housing he The vast majority of people who have trouble affording housing arent on theyre the working The money committed yesterday will help fund 16 units at 603 llth 12 units at 238 Rosser Six units at 363 Eighth Renovations to a fourplex at 825 Rosser units at 512 12th Three units at 258 First units at 111 First Two units at 430 Princess Two units at 702 12th Two units at 240 First Two units at 435 15th Three units at 11224 Victoria Six units at 457 Ninth Beating the heat BRUCE SUN TOP PHOTO Chris Hagman laughs as his sevenmonthold splashes her Dawn while cooling off in Lake Minnedosa yesterday The Hagmans got an early start on the long weekend as they planned to spend time at their cottage in COUN SUN RIGHT PHOTO Warren Hardy kicks up his heels yesterday afternoon in Princess The fountain offered a cool place for Warren and his sister in the midst of a heat BRUCE SUN BOTTOM PHOTO Amy watches as her brother Jason helps their David tie down an innertube to their car at Minnedosa Tire yesterday who had recently undergone heart surgery at Sick Childrens Hospital in was excited to be spending the weekend at Minnedosa Program promotes rural life BY KYLA DUNCAN Hraadcm Sun A small group of people has stopped talking about a dwin dling rural population and start ed doing something about Every small community in Manitoba is suffering because as our population dwindles we have fewer people that support the We have to find ways to bring more people says Ruth economic development officer for the Turt4e Mountain Community Development Were just trying to take it that one or two steps where the idea becomes a reali Mealy and a group of about nine other concerned citizens from Minto and Elgin have started the Small Farms at show casing the viability of small which they hope wiU gen erate interest among people thinking of going or corning to rural areas Were hoping well have some good viable models so peo ple can find a viable way to remain in agriculture and also so our young people can look at the models and see that farming as a business and as a way of life is Mealy The group is working with about in funding from Manitoba Agriculture and Food and the Turtle Mountain Conservation District to put together 12 different models of successful small farms in the Turtle Mountain They hope to put together holistic management diversification crops models and organics If a farmer is looking for were hoping they will look at these models and find one they can adapt to their oper says The group has just hired a consultant to research and assemble the models by late Once they are the models will he given to real estate uni versities and anyone else who wants A number of retiring farmers have had to put their farms up for sale because younger generations dont think a small farm could be These older farms arent nec essarily that large and when they come back on the market its a different reality than when they were originally says Scott Boissevain agriculture representative and group mem Were looking for ways and ideas to give these small farms some ideas and exam ple that the new owners can use ui making them A number of European farm ers have moved to the Turtle Mountain District in the last sev eral years and Pay says the mod els might attract more European buyers and Canadian Day says the models will not only help farmers looking to hut farmers who aie looking for new ways to make their small farms We have a lot of small farm els that arent thinking of gelling out of that value the that make concessions to do what they do and theyre looking for ideas on what to do with their smaller than average production Day Because theyll be real examples from the theyll be applicable to other farms in the Day says he is hearing from a number of fanners who are interested in participating in the think its time small farms were recognized and theyre will to share with us how they make a living and have a life on a small Day Day says the group is looking for farms producing convention al crops on a below average pro duction Were not caught up with the illusion that were going to change the world Were just trying to do something that focuses on small farms and brings some of the attention back on small Day Scientists work on variable fertilizer rates BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Local scientists could be tak ing the first step in making farm ing more efficient and economi cally The big trick here is how to make these farms economical in todays world of very low grain prices and low commodity says Leslie chairman of the Manitoba Rural Application Council Weve got to do more with less and this is one of the ways we can do Scientists at the Brandon Research Centre are trying to come up with a variablerate fer tilizer system one which would allow farmers to apply more fertilizer to areas which need it and less to Theyre looking at a process on how to amalgamate all the technologies that are out there to be able to put a system in place to do the precision says If there is an amount of excess fertilizer somewhere then farmers could cut back so there is an optimum amount of fertil izer on the total The scientists are looking for differences in yields of canola and wheat which could be explained by landscape soil weed population and plant MRAC has been funding the project for the last five years and recently extended it another three because its thrilled with what results could mean for This will reduce our input costs as far as fertilizer is con Further down the road we could probably use the same study for herbicide and pesti cide Jacobson This is the leading edge of to be able to do more precise pret ision fanning on our commercial farms in The group is also confident it can develop a system for variable nitrogen based on soil test data from benchmarks combined with plant perfor Results from the past five years and the next three will not be released uiitil the study is When it farmers can access the information through MRACs Web site at This is an important feature for farmers to be able to utilize says He says a federal body aimed to help fanners make fanning more viable and supports innovative projects like These are the projects we really like to see where they are going to create more economic stability on our farms and being more environmentally friendly to ensure weve got the safest and highest quality food for our Jacobson Farmers move to seed more specialty crops BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Manitoba farmers are ahead of the game when it comes to adapting to market Statistics Canada reports Manitoba producers have bro ken several records this year for seeded areas with special Manitoba this year was the most interesting province to look at Of all the Manitoba had the most dramatic shifts in terms of acreage for example decreasing wheat but a big increase in soybean says Brent grain analyst with Statistics Wilson says farmers have been motivated by the improving prices of specialty crops and the need for crop breaking seeding records this 1 think it kind of indicates the resilience and flexibility of the particularly in being able to react to market Wilson A survey of Manitoba farmers conducted from May 24 to June 4 shows huge increases in the seeding areas of canary soy dry white beans and coloured beans breaking Canadian records for these Wilson couldnt give specifics about which areas of the province broke hut says the Brandon area does have a large amount of acreage dedicat ed to soybeans and other special ty Brandon or the southwest corner of Manitoba is more cere al and oil seed production the increase in production of coloured beans and soy beans occurred mostly in that says Wilson says Manitoba fann ers also had fewer planting chal lenges than other Manitoba has last year and this relative to say central Saskatchewan and had pretty good growing conditions and I think that enabled them to grow more specialty says Conditions were better in Manitoba than in other provinces by a long Wilson says Manitoba pro ducers were among the first to start planting specialty crops and diversify their farms because of low grain prices and transporta tion They have kind of been at a freight disadvantage for the sev eral couple of and 1 think more apt to look at different opportunities like like canary seed that go to different says Statistics will release details of the study next Information on the produc tion of principal field crops will he available at the end of ;