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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers to Study Wind Turbines


OFA wants study on impact of Wind Turbines


The Ontario Federation of Agriculture adopted a resolution to initiate a human and farm animal impact study of existing Ontario wind turbine areas.

The OFA believe that wind turbines are providing a genuine economic stimulus for Ontario farmers but believe there have also been a few instances of noise and stray voltage concerns impacting some farmers who have turbine setbacks at or greater than government regulations.

The Huron Federation brought the resolution forward to the OFA.

Director Joe Vermunt says the reasoning for the resolution is that the Province needs science based studies done on the effects of turbines.

He says they need to be accountable to people living near turbines, land owners and the companies putting the turbines up.

Vermunt says the OFA will now initiate the study that among other things will look at health issues for humans and farm animals and turbine setbacks.


Prices farmers received for their commodities fell 0.9 per cent in March from the same month a year earlier -- as the crops index fell, more than offsetting the growth in the total livestock and animal products index.

Stats Can reports The total crops index had a 12-month decrease of 18.3 per cent -- as prices were down for grains, oilseeds and specialty crops.

After the crops index reached the recent high of 155.3 in June 2008, production increases that year partially replenished global stocks, contributing to the decline in the crops index to 124.3 in March 2009.

The prices producers received for livestock and animal products in March were 16.5 per cent higher compared with March 2008, continuing the growth in year-over-year prices since June 2008.

A depreciating Canadian dollar relative to its American counterpart helped support higher cattle and hog prices.


Environmental approval has been given for a 32-hundred-hectare cranberry farm in New Brunswick.

Ocean Spray, of Massachusetts, plans to turn land near Rogersville into North America's largest cranberry farm.

An Environmental Impact Assessment registered on December 19th by the Massachusetts-based cranberry co-operative was the only hurdle standing in the way of the project moving ahead.

A government source says conditions have been put in place to protect water quality and quantity, fish habitat, and archeological resources around Lake Despres.


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