Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Compensations for Pest


If you have removed trees due to pests, you might get federal help.


The Bruce County Federation of Agriculture is holding a politicians meeting tomorrow. 

It begins at 10 o'clock at the Chepstow Lions Hall.

A number of local politicians will be on hand to answer questions about farming. 


Canadians who've had to remove trees infested with three types of pests may get more time to claim federal compensation.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing an amendment to compensation regulations for anyone whose trees were -- or will be -- removed due to infestation by the brown spruce longhorn beetle, Asian long-horned beetle and the emerald ash borer.

Canadians were allowed to apply for compensation up until March 31st.

The proposed amendment would extend the deadline to December 31st, 2014.


The Grains for Health Foundation suggests the nutritive value of food products for our children should be increased.

Members include major cereal processors, university organizations involved in grain research and government agencies and departments from around the world.

Chair Gary Fulcher says the quest for convenience has resulted in products in which the nutritional properties in grains have been sacrificed.


A director of the Canadian Pork Council says country-of-origin labelling is reducing the efficiency of the North American hog market.

Florian Possberg says trade that has built up between Canadian and American hog producers is "plain, good business'' with both sides profiting from the relationship.

He feels politicians are now interfering with that relationship.


Despite some uncertainties because of the world economy, the current year is shaping up as a major success story for Prairie barley growers.

The Canadian Wheat Board is in the midst of its largest-ever export program for bulk malting barley.

Spokeswoman Lorelle Selinger says pooled returns for malt barley will also be at record-high levels.

Looking ahead to next year, changing market conditions have lowered the price forecasts for new-crop malt barley.


The U-S dairy industry wants to engineer the "cow of the future'' to pass less gas.

It's a project aimed at cutting the industry's greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.

One area to be explored is modifying the feed of dairy cows so they produce less methane.


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