Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Honouring Young Farmers

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Deadline for Young Farmer program is tomorrow.


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Tomorrow is the deadline to get in nominations for Ontario's Outstanding Young farmer for 2010.

The Chair of the Outstanding Young Farmer Program, Eadie Steele says this program has been in operation for 30 years.

And she says it's an excellent way to get out the message that farming is a good career choice for young people.

Individuals or couples who get a minimum of two-thirds of their gross revenue from farming and are under the age of 40 can be nominated.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the OOYF website at www.oyfontario.ca

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Losses are estimated around 410 thousand dollars after a pig barn fire north of London.

A motorist noticed smoke coming from the barn early Sunday morning and called 9-1-1.

Four volunteer fire departments were called to the property -- and authorities say 12 hundred pigs perished while 300 were rescued.

The barn was destroyed and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Producers are raising concerns about farm infrastructure.

Abandoned grain elevators and delisted railway loading sites are becoming more common across the Prairies.

Keystone Agriculture Producers says governments at both levels are failing to save valuable transportation amenities.

And the group says that is costing farmers money because the commute to deliver grain is getting longer and longer.

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More farm groups are alleging the Canadian Wheat Board held back money on CashPlus payments.

The Western Barley Growers Association estimates the average holdback by the board was 25 dollars a tonne.

The additional payment is meant to be the difference between the up-front guaranteed cash price to farmers and the actual board sales returns, minus costs.

 


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