Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers Should Look at Energy


FCC advises farmers to examine energy needs.


A new report from Farm Credit Canada is advising farmers to examine their energy needs and options for the future.

The report says energy costs are expected to be on the rise again.

Analyst Brenda Frank says the temporary relief from high costs will allow farmers to develop a transition plan to take advantage of new and alternate energy sources.

Wind, solar, biomass and crops for biofuels are ideas to be investigated.


Opponents of crops altered in the lab want a ban on the commercial use of a genetically modified alfalfa.

They say it could overwhelm natural varieties of the forage crop.

The plant was altered by Monsanto to be tolerant of the company's Roundup weed killer -- but opponents fear its genes could be spread by natural pollination.


Livestock feeds contaminated with pathogens responsible for foodborne illnesses in humans are being blamed as one reason for more outbreaks from contaminated produce.

Over the last decade -- illnesses from produce contaminated by E. coli and salmonella have escalated.

Evidence suggests irrigation water and improperly composted livestock manure are possible sources.

Food microbiology professor Rick Holley says 25 per cent of feed samples in North America are contaminated with salmonella.

He believes the best approach is to keep the organisms out of the cycle in the first place.


There is another Growing Your Farm Profits workshop in Teeswater today

There is also a similar workshop next week and if you want more information or want to register -- call Jayne at 367-5930.


A trade delegation from Russia is attending Canadian Western Agribition in Regina this week looking to buy Canadian cattle.

The Russian delegation is from a farming area near Mongolia, where soil and climate conditions are similar to Saskatchewan's.

The Russians are also interested in water pumps, solar panels and other livestock equipment.


Harvest is basically done across Western Canada.

Bruce Burnett with the Canadian Wheat Board says the final 10 to 15 per cent of the crop has come off in the last few weeks.

Despite dragging into mid-November -- Burnett says the harvest has surpassed expectations in quality and quantity.


Progress on a World Trade Organization deal will be the focus for government leaders from around the world next week.

A ministerial meeting begins Monday.

Some farm organizations -- including the Canadian Wheat Board and the National Farmers Union -- have expressed concern about the state of negotiations.

They worry Canada could potentially lose the wheat board and the supply management system for eggs, poultry and dairy products.

The federal government's commitment to supply management has been questioned.

Several M-Ps voted against a motion in committee that would have forced Canadian negotiators to walk away from a deal if it included forfeiting the wheat board and the supply management system.


A new tractor driving simulator developed at the University of Manitoba is helping researchers.

The simulator has been an aid in improving the ergonomic design of self-propelled farm equipment with G-P-S technology.

The application of G-P-S to agriculture has resulted in the introduction of several new technologies -- including auto-steer systems intended to help drivers minimize driving errors.

Professor Doctor Danny Mann says to the goal of the simulator is to allow researchers to improve the design of the control and display systems.


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