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Agriculture Report

Fresh Organics for Restaurants


Organic Farm near Meaford expands.


A few select restaurants will be getting fresh organic food from a Meaford area agricultural organization.

Sunrise Organics is expanding its organic compost and compost tea operation to include a community shared agriculture garden.

Spokesman Mark Grahlman says there has been a lot of interest from restaurants about getting more organic produce.


Federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz says Canadian producers have new market access in Mongolia for cattle and swine and their products.

Ritz made the announcement after meeting with his counterpart from Mongolia.

He says Canadian agricultural food products that can be shipped to Mongolia are live cattle and swine, bovine genetics and porcine semen and meat products, including all beef products.


The National Farmers Union is urging Ottawa to prepare a financial assistance program for producers hit hard by a Prairie drought.

Farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of southwest Manitoba have seen a record shortage of precipitation over the last 10 months and the situation is becoming desperate.

The union wants Parliament to come up with a farm assistance plan before it breaks for the summer.


More than 700 exhibits are featured at this week's Western Canada Farm Progress show in Regina. 

The annual show opened yesterday and wraps up Friday.

Manager Rob O'Connor says the show has the latest in high-tech farm equipment -- and will unveil new technologies to help farmers increase revenue.

The show annually draws about 40 thousand people.


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