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Agriculture Report

Junior Farmers prepare for meeting


This month marks 65 years of Junior Farmers in Ontario.


It was 65 years ago this month that a group of young farmers gathered at Queens Park to set up what would become the Junior Farmers Association.

Junior farmers from across Ontario and Grey Bruce will meet next week in Stratford to mark the occassion at their annual conference.

Brad Found is the President of the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario.

He says one of the ways they are trying to attract new members is expanding into urban areas.

Found says there was a number of years where membership in the organization was decreasing, but now it is on the upswing.

He says they are hoping to use this increased membership to bring back some programs that were eliminated after they lost their Provincial Government funding.


Canada's agriculture minister hopes concerns related to U-S mandatory country-of-origin labelling can be addressed through negotiation.

The final rule for the regulation takes effect today, but U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has requested additional voluntary labelling measures that go beyond what's required.

On Friday, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz met with Vilsack in Washington to discuss issues that included the labelling legislation.

Ritz says the secretary appears bullish on how he wants the law implemented, but there appears to be room for negotiation.


After holding off all winter, farmers are finally looking at meeting their fertilizer needs for this growing season.

Mark Bonner with Mosaic says producers who buy fertilizer in the fall usually get a better deal.

He says in the past 30 years, farmers who purchased in the fall received a better price 28 times.

Bonner adds fertilizer prices from a manufacturer's perspective have bottomed out and are rebounding.


Monsanto Canada has announced it will continue its annual practice of offering 100 thousand dollars in donated farm inputs to support the Canadian Foodgrains Bank's 2009 Community Growing Project program.

Last year, over 100 Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects took advantage of the Monsanto product offer in order to reduce their input costs and pass along a larger donation of grain and cash to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Farmer volunteers who manage the growing projects within their community will have between now and March 29th to submit their requests for product through their local Monsanto representative.


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