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Agriculture Report

Time to Celebrate Bruce County Beef


Bruce County Beef Barbeque tomorrow.


Preparations continue for the annual beef barbeque hosted by the Bruce County Cattlemen's Association.

It takes place from 5 PM till 7:30 PM tomorrow night at the Chesley Community Centre.

Officials call it a great opportunity to celebrate Bruce County beef.

But farmers will also use the opportunity to talk to politicians about agricultural issues.


There's a looming shortage of farm workers across Canada.

The Canadian Agricultural Resource Council estimates 50 thousand positions need to be filled, including mechanics, machinery operators and general farm workers.

The group has launched a program that lists several institutions and training providers that offer programs in agriculture, in the hopes of attracting younger farmers.


After lobbying the federal government for over a decade, the National Sunflower Association of Canada is excited to see some changes to how sunflower varieties are registered.

Executive Director Darcelle Graham says until now sunflowers had to be tested for two years before being approved in Canada.

But recent changes allow companies to register varieties by filling out paperwork and meeting basic criteria for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

She says it's now up to seed companies to bring new varieties to Canadian farmers.

Graham says the changes are critical for sunflower growers as there are no sunflower breeding programs in Canada.

The same changes also apply to registering potatoes.


Scientists are coming up with new uses for animal waste from slaughterhouses.

Under a new bio-research partnership involving the province, private enterprise and the University of Alberta, researchers are working together to develop new products while reducing waste.

Some ideas could see animal parts turned into firefighting foam and feathers from the poultry industry might be used to make glue.

University spokesperson David Bressler says the animal rendering industry landfills five-thousand tonnes a week of waste in North America.


Fair season is under way in Oregon, and state officials are asking organizers to keep pigs and people apart to prevent the spread of swine flu.

State veterinarian Dr. Don Hansen says the concern isn't that people will catch the flu from pigs, but that pigs might catch it from people.

The state Department of Agriculture recommends keeping fairgoers and pigs at least two metres apart.

The agency also recommends maintaining hand-washing stations.


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