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Environment Farm Plan workshops are being held soon.


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The Environmental Farm Plan Edition 3 workshop is taking place on
today and on the 14th, 19th and 26th of August.

This is a voluntary cost share program to encourage producers to improve management practices that contribute to air and water quality.

Cost share is set at either 30 or 50 per cent and producers could receive up to 30 thousand dollars.

You are encourage to make application for the funds ASAP as it is a limited amount of money that is available.

Please contact Jayne Dietrich to register for the above programs at [email protected] or call 519 367 5930.

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Add pressure from urban sprawl and shrinking cropland to a growing demand for locally produced fruits and vegetables, and it's tempting to bring marginal land into food production.

The good news, according to a recent University of Western Ontario research study, is that growing vegetables on mildly contaminated soil can be safe.

But the finding comes with a caution different crops can accumulate contaminants differently, so a matching of soil type with a particular plant may be called for.

Biologist Sheila Macfie says Much more attention needs to be paid to the match between the specific crop and the characteristics of the soil in which it will be grown, even if the soil is not considered contaminated.

The researchers found biovailability of metal to the plants was greatest in soils that combined a high metal content with a low content of organic matter.
 
Putting this and similar studies together will allow regulatory agencies to determine risk factors for different combinations of crop and soil planting, say the researchers.

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If you like to see antique tractors, them Meaford is the place to be this weekend.

The Mervin Lush Memorial Antique Tractor Show and harvest celebration is taking place at the farm of Marjorie Webb and John McCann.

The show is a fundraiser for the Bighead River Foodgrains project to support their relief efforts half a world away.

Foodgrains Project spokesperson Henry Reinders says there will be a lot of old tractors on display at this year's antique tractor show.

Last years event raised more than five thousand dollars but Reinders says its important to remember that the Canadian International Development Agency matches that by a four to one ratio, so in fact the event raised almost 25 thousand dollars.

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Washington State University researchers on the trail of a mysterious honeybee killer have narrowed the list of contributors to two -- a microscopic pathogen and pesticides.

Researcher Steve Sheppard says they are getting closer to understanding the possible causes of colony collapse disorder, which leaves colonies bereft of adult bees, yet there are no dead bees to be found near the hives.

The threat to the honeybee population could have a profound effect on agriculture because although other species are capable of pollination, none do so as efficiently as the honeybee.

As the demand for honeybees grows, the number of U-S bee colonies has declined from 3.5 million in 2008 to 2.4 million today.

As a result, beekeepers are transporting their bees farther and farther to do the work.

 


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