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Agriculture Report

Stage is Set for Plowing Match


Bruce County Plowing Match set as poll shows support for pork.


It may be known widely as swine flu -- but a new poll indicates Canadians understand you can't get it from pork.

The Harris-Decima survey found that just 6 per cent of respondents felt they could get the flu from handling or eating pork -- while 90 per cent said there is no such risk.

The poll also found that 87 per cent of respondents say they're eating just as many pork products as before the flu outbreak.

Pork producers report hog prices have been decimated this year by public reaction to the H-1-N-1 flu outbreak.


The Bruce County Plowing Match is ready.

This year's competition is being held tomorrow at the farm of Pat Murray near Chepstow.

One of the organizers Cheryl Leifso says they have a number of competitors ready to test their plowing skills.

There's also the big barbeque lunch that attracts over 300 people every year -- with Bruce County beef and other local food on the menu.

The Queen of the Furrow competition is also being held tomorrow.

There are four young women competiting for the crown this year.


The World Trade Organization has established a dispute settlement panel to examine South Korea's ban on Canadian beef.

South Korea has kept its borders closed to Canadian beef since a B-S-E case was reported in May 2003.

Canada says the continuing ban is not based on international standards or on science.


There has been a significant jump in the number of hail claims in the three Prairie provinces during the past two weeks.

The Canadian Crop Hail Association reports 900 new hail claims have been filed in Saskatchewan.

Hail claims in Alberta have climbed by about 550 while in Manitoba, hail claims have doubled over the past 2 weeks to more than 17 hundred this year.


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