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Agriculture Report

Deadline Looms for Funding

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Apps accepted Monday for Food Safety and Traceability program.


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Farmers are preparing to apply for funding for one of the most popular Ontario programs.

The first chance to hand in applications for the Food Safety and Traceability Initiative is next Monday.

The Walkerton OMAFRA office will open at 9 in the morning to accept applications.

But no applications will be accepted beforehand.

The applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all available funds are exhausted.

You can also file your application online after 9 o'clock next Monday morning.

For information on other cost-share opportunities -- call 1-888-479-3931.

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says there are ways that government run programs can be reshaped to help revitalize confidence in the agricultural sector.

Figures released last week by the federation suggest confidence in the agriculture sector continues to lag behind other industries.

The federations says governments cannot solve many of the global problems that have impacted the agricultural sector.

However, it suggests they can take steps to improve the tax and regulatory environment in which agri-business owners operate.

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Canadian farmers could soon be growing a sugarcane-type crop for ethanol production.

Doctor Lana Reid of Agriculture Canada says her new high sugar content corn varieties -- which she calls sugarcorn -- can hold their own when compared with sugarcane.

Sugar contents in her test varieties are three to four per cent higher than the sugar content in sugarcane.

She says the next challenge will be figuring out how to process and handle the sugarcorn in mass quantities.

Reid says there also are researchers in the U-S and the Netherlands working with high-sugar corn varieties.

Until now, sugarcane has been regarded as the most affordable crop for ethanol production.

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The U-S Department of Agriculture is predicting the smallest U-S winter wheat seeded area in 97 years.

Canadian wheat seeding is also expected to decline due to lower prices and ample supplies.

The European, Black Sea and Middle East regions have excellent winter rainfall and crops are in good condition as the spring growth period begins.

World wheat stocks are estimated at 196 million tonnes for this coming year -- the highest in a decade.

 


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