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Agriculture Report

Grey County Vet Honoured

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Local veterinarian wins first ever Grey Bruce Farmers Week award.


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A Grey County Veterinarian has been awarded the first ever Grey Bruce Farmers Week prize.

Doctor Stephanie Vamplew was awarded the one thousand dollar prize for her work in the food animal practice.

It also recognizes a persons past accomplishments and encourages further commitments to rural communities.

Doctor Vamplew has worked in thelocal beef industry for the past six summers and is currently employed by Moore Veterinary Services in Chatsworth and Chesley.

She believes livestock production is a vital part of our local communities and economy and hopes to preserve and expand the opportunities in Grey County.

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Pork producers are asking for federal help.

Hog farmers say they have been hit by high feed prices, a strong Canadian dollar and now fears about swine flu.

They say some countries have used H-1-N-1 flu as an excuse to cut off Canadian imports.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture says it's an "extraordinary situation'' that requires Ottawa's immediate assistance.

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Monsanto -- the world's biggest seed maker, says its third-quarter profit fell 14 per cent and it plans to cut 900 jobs -- or about four per cent of its work force.

Declining revenue from agricultural herbicides like Roundup were only partially offset by increased revenue from seed and trait products sold through its U-S soybean, cotton, corn and vegetable businesses.

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Canola growers may need to change how and when they apply weed control.

Agronomist Derwynn Hammond says weeds emerging ahead of or at the same time as the crop will cause the most yield losses.

He says if canola plant densities are low, more intensive field scouting will ensure effective weed control and prevent weed competition from hurting the plants' ability to compensate.

For crops under stress it may be best to wait for active growth to resume spraying.

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The Canadian Wheat Board says farmers would benefit from a free-trade deal with Morocco.

Officials say Canadian farmers need to be able to compete against American grain sellers.

A free-trade agreement between the U-S and Morocco will soon give American sellers the advantage over Canadians.

Morocco is the second-largest buyer in the world for durum wheat.

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In an effort to target teenagers, the Dairy Farmers of Canada is launching a 3-D advertising campaign at Cineplex theatres throughout Ontario and the Maritimes.

The ads will be shown in 19 theatres featuring 3-D movies this summer.

Spokeswoman Solange Heiss says it's important for the Milk brand to be leading-edge in order to continue to build its relevance with teen consumers.

 


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