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Agriculture Report

Time to Honour Farmers

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Nominations are now open for the Tommy Cooper award.


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If you know of someone who has made an outstanding contribution to rural life and farming -- then you can nominate them for the Tommy Cooper award.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 honour which will be handed out by Bayshore Broadcasting and the Sun Times.

The award is named after Tommy Cooper -- who worked as a provincial farm extension worker in Grey County for 39 years.

Nomination forms are available at our radio stations, at the Federation of Agriculture office in Hanover or at the Grey Agricultural Services Centre in Markdale.

The deadline to submit nominations back at our radio station is March 26th.

The Tommy Cooper award will be handed out on April 16th at the Elmwood Community Centre.

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The Grey Bruce Christian Farmers Association is looking for more members.

The group is holding its annual membership meeting tomorrow morning.

It begins at 11 o'clock at the Keady Community Centre.

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Federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers discussed risk management programs in Toronto last Friday.

They also talked about livestock insurance and increased access to international markets.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says there was a frank assessment of how risk management programs were working.

But he was not willing to commit to any specifics.

The agriculture ministers plan to meet again this summer in Saskatchewan.

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A former president of Maple Leaf Fods says it is important to differentiate Canadian pork from its international competitors.

Ted Bilyea says the Canadian pork industry should focus on selling into niche, high priced markets -- rather than low-value markets in developing countries.

He says traceability, the ability to track animals through the supply chain, will be key.

Once the traceability system is secure, Bilyea says the industry will have the ability to target specific niche markets around the world.

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And an economist with the University of Idaho says the future is bright for the potato industry.

Doctor Joe Guenthner says there are signs that consumer spending is returning to normal levels in 2010. 

Many growers are currently losing money in the fresh potato market.

 


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