Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Efforts continue for Farmers Union


United Food and Commercial Workers files complaint with UN.


One of Canada's largest unions is filing a complaint with a U-N agency against the Ontario government for a law that effectively prohibits agriculture workers from unionizing.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union says the law violates the human rights of Ontario farm workers.

Ken Georgetti of the Canadian Labour Congress is outraged.

The law was initially tossed out by the Ontario Court of Appeal -- but the province has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn the decision.

Agriculture Minister Leona Dombrowsky refused repeated requests from reporters to explain why Ontario objects to farm unions and why it appealed the issue to the Supreme Court.

The New Democrats say they don't understand why the Ontario government appealed to the Supreme Court after a provincial court struck down the law prohibiting farm workers from joining a union.


Research at the University of Manitoba will help livestock nutritionists maximize the nutritional value from by-products of ethanol production.

Scientists are developing new lines of winter wheat and  testing them in ethanol production.

Bogdan Slominski, associate professor of animal science, says the data is almost complete and the next objective will be to validate the numbers in a large-scale field trial.


Rain and snow melt has flooded homes, farms and roads in North Dakota.

Between 50 and 75 homes were evacuated last night and a Red Cross shelter was set up at a school.

National Guard members used boats this morning to ferry about five rural residents from their farms.

A rescue team used a boat to rescue two people from their homes as well.

Although swollen rivers are expected to crest later this week, the forecast is calling for up to 25 centimetres of snow in the area.


Twenty-six elementary school children wielded shovels, rakes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows to help first lady Michelle Obama break ground for a produce and herb garden at the White House.

Crops to be planted in the coming weeks include spinach, broccoli, various lettuces, kale and collard greens, assorted herbs and blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

There will also be a beehive.

Some of the produce from the garden will be served in the White House and some will be donated to a soup kitchen nearby.

The garden will exist year-round and the crops will change based on the seasons.


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