Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Ecoli in Water linked to the Farm


University study traces E coli found in Lake Huron.


A two year study by researchers at the University of Guelph has found that E.coli in water at Ashfield Township Park Beach orginated with the agricultural sector.

Professor Jack Trevors says they used DNA samples to track and identify the E coli bacteria in the Lake Huron beach.

Trevors says the Ministry of the Environment wanted this study done so see if DNA could be used to trace E colic

Trevors tells Bayshore Broadcasting News their research showed that about 60 per cent of E. coli came from agriculture.

It also shows almost 10 per cent from wildlife, about 2.5 per cent from humans,  and about 9.7 per cent from unknown sources.


Hog markets are starting to bounce back after being linked to the H-1-N-1 flu virus.

Don Rapchuk of S-P-I Marketing says the hog industry was severely affected with prices down 20 to 30 dollars per animal.

Rapchuk says recent rallies have helped the industry out of a slump.

But now, he says, retailers need to help by putting specials on pork products to reduce inventories.


Deere and Company has reported a 38 per cent drop in quarterly profit.

The world's largest farm equipment maker also slashed its 2009 profit outlook by 27 per cent -- the second time this year that Deere has cut its annual forecast.

Officials cite uncertain market conditions.

Farmers have become more cautious about spending on new equipment as crop prices -- which drive machinery sales -- have tumbled from historic highs last year.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed a case of mad cow disease in an older dairy animal in Alberta.

The agency says the was 6 and one half years old.

It says no part of the animal's carcass entered the human food or animal feed chains.


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