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Agriculture Report

Farm costs workshop in Grey County

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Workshop to be held tomorrow as deadline looms for Tommy Cooper award.


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A special workshop taking place tomorrow at Grey Agricultural Services building in Markdale, dealing with costs associated with operating a farm.

The Focus on Costs workshop will feature an OMAFRA cost of production specialist and a marketing specialist from Palmerston Grain.

Two local beef and cash crop farmers also will join the panel to put a practicle spin on the course.

Topics covered will include market and imput price outlook for 2009, how to calculate and interpret you cost of production and what OMAFRA resources are available to help farmers survive in these turbulent times.

The workshop goes tomorrow and begins at 10 in the morning.

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Tomorrow is the deadline for nominations for the 2008 Tommy Cooper award in Grey Bruce.

It is presented annually by Bayshore Broadcasting and the Sun Times.

The deadline to have your nomination form back to Bayshore Broadcasting is 5 PM tomorrow -- Friday March 20th, 2009.

The Tommy Cooper award will be handed out at the Elmwood Community Centre, Friday April 3rd, 2009 at 6:30 PM.

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An entomologist with the University of Manitoba is encouraging honey bee keepers to minimize stress and monitor measures to control disease and parasites in their colonies.

Over the last two years a combination of the varroa mite, various pathogenic diseases and pesticides has resulted in honey bee colony losses between 28 and 37 per cent.

Rob Currie says scientists are making progress but their work is taking time so producers need to be particularly vigilant.

Currie recommends minimizing stress on the bees and, because mites and diseases are developing resistance to control methods, monitoring colonies closely to make sure those measures are working.

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The Canada West Foundation has released a report calling for a complete overhaul of farm support programs.

The report is written by University of Manitoba economics professor Greg Mason and says farm policy must shift from a model that resembles social assistance to one that improves international competitiveness.

He says it's time to let go of 80-year-old agricultural policies.

 


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