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Agriculture Report

BBQ to Help Pork Industry

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MP is holding BBQ with Pork Producers to lift industry.


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It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase pork barrel politics.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller is hosting a pork BBQ in support of the local food bank and Grey Bruce Pork Producers.

Miller says this BBQ is to remind consumers that eating pork is healthy and safe during this time of difficulty for the Pork industry and concerns about the H1N1 influenza virus.

This pork BBQ gets underway at the Owen Sound Farmers Market at 11:30 AM and continues to 1:30 PM.

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The National Farmers Union is pushing for increased competition in farm fuel pricing.

Spokesperson Fred Tait says the organization would like to see farmers have the option of purchasing diesel from regular retail outlets.

He explains farmers should be allowed to do that and then apply for a refund on their income tax return.

Tait says it would introduce more competition between fuel suppliers.

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Canola growers will need to start checking for the insect as the temperature rises.

Canola Council of Canada Agronomist Jim Bessel says the flea beetles are waiting for the crop to emerge.

Early seeded canola is just started to emerge because germination has been slowed by cooler than normal conditions.

Bessel says the insects will be strong feeders once temperatures get into the 20 degree plus range.

Farmers should note that the longer the seed is in the ground, the less effective the seed treatment.

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Five years after the U-S government started a program to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak -- just 36 per cent of ranchers are taking part.

The reason -- small farmers say the cost is too high, others say the regulations amount to bureaucratic suffocation and the program doesn't work.

 


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