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Agriculture Report

Fall Fair Weekend

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Fall Fairs are underway this weekend in several communities.


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It's a busy fall fair weekend in the region.

The Mount Forest Fall Fair begins today and runs all weekend before wrapping up with the annual horse pull on Monday.

Fair Secretary Deb Harper says they are celebrating rural life this weekend.

As part of the celebrations -- the midway returns this year and the Queen of the Fair Junio Ambassador competition is being held tonight.

There is also a special concert tomorrow night at the new Sports complex.

Other fall fairs are taking place this weekend.

They include the Meaford and St. Vincent Fall Fair and the Kincardine Fall Fair as well as the Desboro Fall Fair.

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Prices farmers received for their commodities fell 11.8 per cent in June from the same month a year earlier, as both the crops index and the livestock and animal products index fell.

Higher prices for potatoes and vegetables were unable to compensate for lower prices for grains, oilseeds, speciality crops and fruits.

Potato prices in June were 25 per cent above those of June 2008 as North American production last fall was down.

The prices producers received for livestock and animal products in June fell 1.3 per cent compared with June 2008, following 12 months of increases.

Decreases were recorded for all commodities except poultry and dairy.

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Humans may not be the only ones guarding against the H1N1 flu by the time cold weather ushers in influenza season.

The flu namesakes could also be getting new vaccinations.

The U-S Department of Agriculture has given several animal vaccine manufacturers the "master seed virus'' from the swine flu strain now circulating among humans.

At least one of the companies said yesterday it's developing a vaccination for pigs, which can contract the virus from infected people.

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A Manitoba farm group says farmers are getting paid less even though grocery prices are going up.

According to a study by the Keystone Agriculture Producers, 27 per cent of what an average Manitoba family of four spends on groceries goes back to the farmer.

KAP president Ian Wishart says grocery prices went up 3.2 per cent in the last year, but none of the increase was passed on to farmers.

 


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