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Country 105

Agriculture Report

GNE Looks for Ambassadors


Organizers of GNE in Collingwood are looking for competitors.


The collapsing hog sector appears to be taking down Canada's animal feed industry.

The Animal Nutrition Association of Canada reports drastic reductions in livestock numbers have dramatically reduced demand for feed products -- forcing widespread consolidation and even job losses.


Colombia will accept imports of Canadian beef from animals of all ages.

It's the first market in South America to reopen to Canadian beef since the first B-S-E case in May 2003.

Exports will begin once valid certificates are agreed to with the Colombian government.


Ottawa is putting money into an aggressive marketing strategy for Canadian farmers.

The government will invest 32 million dollars into funding market analysis, advertising campaigns and promotion of Canada's agriculture products.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says it will help Canadian producers drive market research, and maximize opportunities around the world.


The Canadian Grain Commission is asking farmers to be part of its annual harvest sample program.

Each fall, the commission asks farmers to send samples of their crops.

The samples are used to determine the quality of the harvest while it is going to market.

Buyers worldwide use this information to learn about the quality of Canadian grain.

Farmers benefit by receiving an unofficial Grain Commission grade.

Producers can sign up for the harvest sample program at


Now that school is back in full swing -- there's a way to help for child or grandchild work towards their post secondary school goals.

The Great Northern Exhibition in Collingwood is looking for competitors to represent the fair as an ambassador

Director Brenda Wilson says being an ambassador is as much about building relationships as it is about representing the GNE

The GNE is being held this weekend.

The winner of junior ambassador will win 100 dollars while the senior ambassador winner will receive a thousand dollar scholarship and represent Collingwood at next year's CNE.


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