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Agriculture Report

Calling all alfalfa growers.

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Alfalga growers meeting in Kincardine.


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There is an alfalfa growers meeting in Kincardine this Wednesday.

The Bruce Agra Dehy plant on Highway 21 is holding the meeting as officials are ready to resume production of small food cubes to sell to the horse industry.

Spokesperson Dave Dalzell says the meeting is open to alfalfa growers as well as farmers who are thinking about growing it.

But he says you must register for it.

To register call 519-368-5174.

Dalzell says the heavier land in Bruce and Grey Counties is prime alfalfa growing land and right now the market is good in the U-S and in Europe.

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Berry growers will have three new plants they can grow this year.

Agriculture Canada has released a new early strawberry called a Nisga'a.

There are also two new raspberries -- the Ukee and the Rudyberry.

The new berries were developed to provide high yields, to ripen early and to be more resistant to disease.

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The federal government wants the auditor general to investigate the Canadian Wheat Board after the agency lost almost 130 million dollars.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the losses come despite record prices in the marketplace.

He says the wheat board must open all of its books to ensure a complete and thorough review.

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The U-S-based Food Marketing Institute says American food retailers are focusing on implementing new food labelling laws.

They will consider additional voluntary measures as issues move forward.

Last week -- the U-S Agriculture Secretary announced the final rule for Mandatory U-S Country of Origin Labelling regulations will take effect March 16th.

 


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