February 6, 2006

Cargill contributes $250K to DUC for High River habitat activities

HIGH RIVER, ALTA-Cargill, best known for grain and seed handling, is supporting local habitat conservation efforts in the High River area through a $250,000 donation to Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). The funds will be used to enhance monitoring and recording waterfowl populations and migration activities in the area, and will help Frank Lake in High River enhance environmental education programs for school children throughout Alberta. Cargill has been supporting DUC's work in High River, south of Calgary, since 1989. As part of the sewage treatment plan for its beef processing operation, the company worked closely with DUC to establish the Frank Lake wetlands project. Through the project, sewage from the plant is treated to tertiary levels and then used to rehabilitate the once-dry Frank Lake. In addition to improving the ecosystem and waterfowl habitat, the project has also reduced effluent discharges into the Highwood River. DUC, known as Canada's conservation company, has been working for more than 67 years to preserve wetlands and associated habitats. In Alberta, DUC has conserved and restored more than 2.2 million acres of habitat, enhancing the province's biodiversity. Other environmental and economic benefits derived from wetlands include water quality and supply, flood control, sediment and pollution filtration, drought buffering and recreational opportunities. Based in Winnipeg, Cargill has business interests in meat, egg and oilseed processing, animal nutrition and services, salt, chocolate, natural gas, as well as grain handling and merchandising. More information is available on-line at www.cargill.ca or www.ducks.ca.

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