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Agriculture Report

Farm Celebrations This Weekend


Giant vegetables in Port Elgin and Fall Fair in Tiverton to celebrate farming.


Pork producers who shutdown operations during the hog crisis, can still get insurance on their empty facilities.

Several insurance companies have created policies which back farmers who choose to close their barns until hog markets become more profitable.

It also protects the facilities owned by those who enrol in a federal program that mandates producers shut down operations for 3 years in exchange for a bailout.

Premiums to insure an empty farm will cost much less than for a full one.


It's not too late to take in a fall fair.

The Tiverton Agricultural Society is hosting its 148th annual fall fair today and tomorrow at the fairgrounds.

The celebrations begin tonight with the Prince and Princess competition and President Doreen Soloduka says they have many more events tomorrow -- including a parade and poultry show.

There are also auctions, kids games, a classic car, motorcycle and truck show as well as home craft exhibits.


The preparations are also set for Pumpkinfest in Port Elgin.

The 2009 weigh off will be held tomorrow for the giant pumpkin, watermelon, squash, gourd and other vegetables.


A new cash advance program for winter wheat is now in effect.

The Canadian Wheat Board says the maximum cash advance is 400 thousand dollars -- with the first 100 thousand interest free.

The cash advance rate is 68 dollars a tonne.

Since 2000, the number of cash advances for winter wheat has tripled.

Farmers who apply for advances need to show proof of crop insurance or AgriStability.


Manitoba will soon open up a new market for canola growers but not everyone will be able to capitalize.

Beginning November 1st -- about 20 million litres of biodiesel must be produced to meet new government standards.

However, a farm business specialist says high production costs and the relatively low price of biodiesel will only allow large commercial operations to turn a reasonable profit.


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