Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Innovation on the Farm

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Province honours agricultural innovation.


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The provincial government has honoured farm innovation in Bruce and Grey Counties.

Four businesses and organizations will receive five  thousand dollars each for winning the Premier's Agri Food Innovation Excellence award.

The Grey Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association was honoured for bringing together producers, processors, restaurants and tour operators to promote local food.

There are now 157 paid members of the group.

Healing Arc and Everspring Farms in Teeswater won for introducing the Sea Buckthorn crop -- a citrus type berry used in foods as well as medicinal and environmental purposes.

Saugeen Country Dairy in Markdale won for being the first on-farm dairy in Ontario to make and sell organic yogurt -- and it has been since 1994.

WoolDrift Farm in Markdale was also honoured for being the first commercial sheep milking operation in the province.

There were 55 regional award winners in total.

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Despite tough economic conditions, dairy farmers are seeing a steady rise in revenues.

Richard Doyle of the Dairy Farmers of Canada says thanks to supply management, producers have been able to keep prices steady and receive cost of production price increases.

Sales of milk products have also increased 1.5 per cent over the last year.

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The Grain Growers of Canada is asking Ottawa to assist farmers hurting across the Prairies.

The group says the cool wet spring has severely hurt producers' bottom line and wants the government to be prepared for widespread insurance claims.

Grain Growers spokesman Richard Phillips says staff should be in place and trained on all aspects of farm insurance programs, so farmers can get the best advice, and value for their claims.

Phillips says farmers will receive assistance money sooner, if the government is efficient in processing their claims.

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The Canadian Wheat Board has wrapped up a trade mission to Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Spokesman Graham Worden says Canada exports an average of 1.7 million to two million tonnes of wheat and half-a-million tonnes of durum a year to each of those countries.

He says this year's sales prospects are as good as other years.

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A grocery official says there's no need for a traceability system that tracks food from the consumer level back to the farm gate.

David Wilkes of the Council of Grocery Distributors says Canadians care more about food safety than where food comes from.

He says traceability does not enhance the safety of food products, so it must add value if food processors are to fully use it in their operations.

 


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