Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

More Funding for Farmers

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Funding for pulse growers and to create better pesticides.


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Farmers who grow crops such as peas, lentils and chickpeas are getting some help from the federal government.

Ottawa is providing 4.4 million dollars to support four new projects to open up international markets to pulse growers.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the industry has to broaden its horizons.

Canadian pulse production is a two billion dollar a year industry.

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Ontario is providing 3.8 million dollars -- it hopes -- will lead to a better pesticide for farmers.

The money will help Toronto-based Vive Nano build a plant that's expected to create 19 new jobs over two years.

The company uses an environmentally friendly process to create nanotechnology based products and materials.

It's first target involves reformulating pesticides so that the active ingredient is more effective -- allowing farmers to use less of the chemicals.

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The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is applauding the World Trade Organization.

The WTO has agreed to Canada's request for the creation of a Dispute Settlement Panel to rule on the United States' mandatory Country-of-Origin Labelling law.

Although the W-T-O process will take a long time -- spokesperson Travis Taves believes there is no other option.

Taves says several visits to Washington have sparked no interest from American officials to resolve the issue.

He says obtaining a panel ruling from the W-T-O may motivate U-S lawmakers to address the problem.

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Technological advances in milking methods are helping dairy farmers see increased production.

Robotic milkers are becoming more common on dairy operations.

One farmer claims since installing eight of the gadgets this summer -- he has seen about a 10 per cent increase in production per cow.

Anton Borst says robotic milkers have also improved the work experience for his employees.

His barn also is equipped with other features such as maximum-comfort stalls, a misting system and a modern ventilation system that changes the air every 45 seconds.

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A newly released document says the Canadian Wheat Board -- apparently for no reason -- shared "sensitive information'' about farmers with companies that handle grain.

An internal audit completed last year says the wheat board couldn't explain why it sent farmers' "confidential personal financial data'' to the taxman and so-called handling agents.

But the wheat board says it actually stopped sending information to the revenue agency two years before the audit was done.

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U-S researchers are trying to figure out whether caged, egg-laying chickens are miserable.

At issue are small cages that can be shared by up to nine hens.

About 96 per cent of eggs sold in the United States come from hens who live in the so-called battery cages from the day they're born until their egg-laying days end 18 to 24 months later.

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There's a renewed optimism in the cattle industry at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.

General manager Jason Pollock says beef entries are the highest in four years at the show.

He adds the number of U-S exhibitors is the best since 2003.

The event has attracted visitors from 50 countries.

Pollock says there are also delegations from several countries -- including Russia and other parts of Europe.

 


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