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Agriculture Report

Chicken Idea in the City


Councillor backs idea to keep chickens in City yards.


He is not Colonel Sanders but Owen Sound Councillor David Adair wants changes to the city bylaws that would families to keep chickens in their back yard if they so desire.

He says urban chicken raising is as natural as having a back yard garden and would allow city dwellers to have some control over their food.

Adair says a few back yard chickens would not be as noisy as some barking dogs.

He says if such a bylaw change was made there would be strict rules to follow such as the minimum lot size for chicken raising, a limit to the number of birds that can be kept in a back yard, the distance the chicken coop would have to be from nearby lots and of course a total ban on roosters.

Adair says roosters are noisy and are not needed as far as laying hens are concerned.


The pork industry hopes a new marketing strategy may help increase pork consumption.

Pork Marketing Canada has launched a website called to help consumers prepare easy, tasty and economical pork dishes.

The launch is timely as producers reach out to reassure consumers that pork is always a safe and healthy food choice.

The industry continues to be hit hard by a perception connecting pork to the outbreak of H-1-N-1 influenza.


Fertilizer companies may be feeling the impacts of their own price increase.

Fertilizer costs in Manitoba soared in 2008 to record levels -- prompting farmers to be more cautious when it came to purchasing operating supplies.

Some fertilizer companies are now stuck with high-priced inventory they can't get rid of.


Results of a Canadian Wheat Board survey indicate farmers are optimistic about returns this year -- but are still concerned about the weather.

The survey shows 60 per cent of farmers felt agriculture was headed in the right direction, with wheat returns expected to be high again in 2009.

However, one in four cited weather as the biggest challenge faced so far this year.

The survey also reveals many farmers are getting more concerned about skyrocketing input costs.


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