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Agriculture Report

2010 Farmer's Almanac Released

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Canadian Farmer's Almanac claims more unpredictable weather.


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The 2010 Old Farmer's Almanac turns 30 years old in Canada this year.

The almanac -- which dates back 218 years -- was primarily used by farmers for planting tips.

Spokesperson Jack Burnett says the almanac boasts an 80 per cent accuracy rate -- although that number is less over the last 3 years due to unpredictable weather.

And he says the almanac is calling for more crazy weather in the winter as it will be colder but less snow is expected.

And as for the summer -- the almanac is calling for hot weather from late June to August -- but overall, a cooler and dryer summer.

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Improved farm safety practices are paying dividends.

New numbers from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association reveal a significant drop in the number of farm related deaths over the last 16 years.

The group says the decline in annual fatalities can be attributed to improved awareness of the dangers faced on the farm each day -- as well as better safety practices and an increase in farm safety education for young people.

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Pork industry representatives say hog producers are facing one of their worst struggles in memory and an unwanted link to the so-called swine flu is making problems worse.

Don Butler -- the president of the National Pork Producers Council -- says producers have lost an average of 23 dollars on every hog sold over the last two years.

Industry leaders told the U-S agricutlure sub committee last week that the H-1-N-1 virus -- also called swine flu -- was an unforeseen blow to an industry that already was struggling.

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The company that owns the farm equipment brands New Holland and Case is cutting 300 jobs at its Saskatoon plant.

CNH says the layoffs are for an indefinite length of time.

The company says the move is due to a weak economy and the need to balance production with demand.

CNH is one of the world's largest manufacturers of tractors and combinesas well as backhoes, bulldozers and forklifts.

 


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