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Agriculture Report

Napa Valley in Beaver Valley

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More Wine Produced in Grey County


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Its not the Napa Valley, but Beaver Valley.

That is the latest region to in Grey County to emerge as a wine growing area to produce local wine.

Robert Ketchen is with the Georgian Hills Vineyards and says they now have two sites that are producing grapes for their wine, one in the west side of the Beaver Valley and another near Ravenna.

He says last year the five acre site produced about 15 tonnes of grapes and he predicts that with the Ravenna site coming on stream this year they could see a yield of about 30 tonnes which would produce about 24 hundred cases of wine.

Keatchen says they are focusing their production on just two white and two reds and this will allow them to see how they perform year to year and how they ferment and how to handle them in the cellar.

He says right now they ship their grapes to a winery in the Niagara area for but are in the process of building their own facility so next year they should be able to grow the grapes and actually produce the wine in Grey County.

Keatchen says this is a growing  part of the agricultural community in this region with two wineries now operating,but he predicts that could very well grow to ten producers over the next ten years.

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The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says when it comes to the environment -- Canadian cattle have a bum rap.

The group says contrary to reports -- Canadian livestock make only a minor contribution to the country's greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.

Actually, it says, cattle play an essential role in sustainable agriculture.

Canadian cattle utilize natural resources very efficiently and cattle producers continuously look for ways to increase that efficiency.

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The latest numbers from the U-S Department of Agriculture are illustrating the effect that country of origin labelling legislation is having on Canadian livestock exports.

Hog shipments are down 41 per cent -- or 1.2 million head -- for the first 3 months of 2009.

Cattle exports dropped by 25 per cent, or around 120 thousand head.

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The president of Keystone Agricultural Producers is expressing his concern over planned changes to the Canadian Grain Commission.

Changes proposed include eliminating bonding requirements for grain buyers.

KAP President Ian Wishart says the last thing farmers want is a situation where they may not get paid if they deliver to the wrong company.

 


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