Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Seed and Feed Show Today

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Grey County Soil and Crop Improvement Association hosts show.


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The federal government says it will spend up to 27 million dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms.

The money will go to the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases.

Canada is a founding member of the alliance -- which includes the U-S, the United Kingdom, Australia and 11 other countries.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the research should help cut emissions and costs and allow farmers to take advantage of carbon trading.

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The Grey County Soil and Crop Improvement Association is all set for its Grey County Seed and Feed Show and Annual Meeting.

It is being held today at the Chatsworth Community Centre.

There are a number of guest speakers that will be featured at the day long meeting -- including Shannon Bieman at Snobelen Farms.

There will also be a panel discussion about Hay Marketing Challenges and Opportunities.

The show will also include exhibits and a trade show.

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Farmers can sign up at no charge for WeatherFarm -- a new online weather network.

WeatherFarm contains cutting-edge mapping and modelling tools.

These tools will help producers predict and manage pests, increase the efficiency of crop-protection products and improve farm management practices.

Sign-up is free at www.weatherfarm.com

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More farmers in western Manitoba are turning to corn grazing.

It's a winter feeding strategy where producers grow corn crops for cattle to graze on -- instead of using traditional hay.

Officials say it can lower winter feeding costs, improve soil content and save time.

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Cattle farmers aren't just losing money on their livestock.

It appears the U-S housing crisis is hurting secondary income on Canadian farms.

Some producers have been offsetting lower cattle prices by selling timber from their land.

However, plummeting housing values in the U-S along with the rising Canadian dollar has halted demand for wood.

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Manitoba Pork Marketing says hog markets are slowly gaining some momentum.

Current forward contract prices are at the top of the range when it comes to cash prices seen over the last four years.

U-S exports are increasing as a result of the decreased value of the American dollar.

 


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