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Agriculture Report

Lobb a Friend of Agriculture


Huron Bruce MP says government helping farmers.


Huron Bruce Conservative MP Ben Lobb is touting the party line when it comes to agriculture.

Lobb says the Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has opened up new markets for canadian producers  because of his extensive world travels.

Lobb notes the government has been working on agriculture marketing agreements with China, India, the Middle East and South America since last fall's election.


Farmers have a new tool to help them make decisions when it comes to controlling midge populations.

The Canadian Wheat Board is offering midge emergence maps on its web site.

The online maps use localized weather information to predict which areas are most vulnerable to disease and insects.

They will be updated on a daily basis.

The maps are available at


A Saskatchewan M-P says the Canadian Wheat Board restricts farmers too much and an open market would serve them better.

David Anderson says many farmers are in favour of a free market and believe they would benefit financially if more options were available to sell their grain.


American farmers planted an unexpectedly large crop of corn and soybeans this year -- easing some fears of rising food costs.

The U-S Department of Agriculture says a record 77.5 million acres of soybeans were planted through June -- up 1.8 million acres from last year.

Farmers also planted 87 million acres of corn -- which is up one million acres from last year and is the second largest corn acreage in more than 60 years.


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