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Agriculture Report

More farm funding from Feds

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Harper government announces millions in agriculture funding.


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The federal government is extending support for hog farmers who thinned out their number of breeding animals before a cull program was implemented.

The original 50 million dollar program covered breeding animals that were culled from November 2007 to November 2008.

The initial date has now been changed to include animals culled between August 1st and October 31st, 2007.

Producers now have until June 30th to make their claims.

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Canada Pork International is hoping approval for a Quebec pork processor to export products to the European Union will create interest among other companies in targeting that market.

Earlier this week, Montreal-based Lucyporc's Yamachiche hog slaughter and pork-cutting plant was granted approval to export products to Europe.

Canada Pork spokesperson Martin Lavoie says approvals became less onerous with the 2005 signing of an equivalency agreement between Canada and the European Union.

Lavoie notes the overseas market is huge and has high value.

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The federal government is pumping one million dollars into canola variety development.

The research is aimed at improving yields for the expanding biofuels industry.

It's estimated canola contributes more than 11 billion dollars a year to the Canadian economy.

Part of the research project will see experiments across the major soil zones and regions of Western Canada.

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The federal government is pumping one million dollars into canola variety development.

The research is aimed at improving yields for the expanding biofuels industry.

It's estimated canola contributes more than 11 billion dollars a year to the Canadian economy.

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The editor of an influential German publication estimates nearly 7 million tonnes of Canadian canola will be sold during the current season.

That compares to 5.8 million tonnes in the previous year.

China, Japan and Mexico are all buying more Canadian canola.

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Research by a national network of scientists suggests there is a way to manage phosphate fertilizers that reduces the uptake of cadmium by plants grown for food.

Cadmium is a toxic trace element that can be harmful to humans if it's ingested in sufficient quantities.

Don Flaten of the University of Manitoba recommends applying phosphate fertilizer in moderation and using phosphates with low levels of cadmium.

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Ketchup maker H-J Heinz is having no problems squeezing profit out of its food business.

The company says its third-quarter profit rose 11 per cent as it raised prices.

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Things are getting back to normal on 22 poultry farms in B-C's Fraser Valley.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lifted quarantines on the farms after three weeks of testing.

The land was near two poultry farms that were the source of avian flu outbreaks in January and February.

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Agriculture officials in Oregon say farmers can be reimbursed for organic certification costs.

Eligibility is based on certifications dated after October 1st, 2007 and through September 30th, 2009.

All qualified growers or processors who received organic certification or renewed their certification during the two-year period are encouraged to apply.

Reimbursements are limited to 75 per cent of fees paid, with a maximum of 750 dollars for each year, and will be made on a first come-first serve basis.

 


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