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Sheep Marketing Meeting Tonight


Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency holding its District 2 business meeting.


The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency is holding its District 2 business meeting.

It goes tonight at the Grey Councy Agricultural Services Centre at 7:30 PM.

In addition, District 2 is looking for volunteers to help at the Roots of Bruce and Grown in Grey.

Groups of students come to a sheep learning station and the volunteers would educate the students about sheep for about 15 minutes.


More opposition to the federal government's plans to make changes to the Canadian Grain Commission.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says proposed legislation to deregulate and privatize inward weighing and inspection services will hurt the long term reputation for quality associated with Canadian grain.


Federal New Democrats want to ban terminator seed technology in Canada.

N-D-P agriculture critic Alex Atamanenko says the only goal of terminator seed is to force farmers to buy new seed each season.

He fears the technology will have the ability to cross-pollinate with neighbouring crops of the same species and show up on farms where it hasn't even been planted.

Atamanenko has reintroduced a private member's bill to ban such seed technology.


A food safety and marketing specialist at the University of Regina says the Canadian Food Inspection agency needs major restructuring.

Sylvain Charlebois says the agency could have handled the listeria outbreak last summer much better, and there should be some changes.

He says it needs to be divided into two entities -- one to protect the interests of the industry, and the other to protect the interests of consumers. Not both at once.

Charlebois says the agency has knowledgeable staff but its design is fundamentally flawed.


Agriculture Canada says farmers who have taken steps to enhance the quality of their soils will be able to cut back on crop inputs without sacrificing yield potential.

Doctor Cindy Grant, a soil scientist at the Brandon Research Centre, says people who have built their soil quality over time can get away with using less nitrogen than they have in the past.

Grant notes many producers have noticed, particularly last year, that they have can achieve huge crop yields with the same amount of fertilizer that was used in the past.


The Canadian Wheat Board is reminding farmers to know their seed and plant only registered varieties if they plan to deliver them for export or human consumption.

Non-registered wheat and durum varieties can only be delivered as feed grades under the Canada Grain Act.


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