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Agriculture Report

OFA President Honoured

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Betty Jean Crews wins FCC Rosemary Davis award.


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Farm Credit Canada is out with its annual Rosemary Davis awards.

President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture Betty Jean Crews is one of the recipients this year.

Crews is co-owner of an 800-acre family farm that produces apples, grains, corn and strawberries and markets roadside fresh farm products in the Trenton area.

She has been involved with hands-on responsibility in every aspect of daily operations and long-range planning for the family farm business.

She is in here second term as OFA President.

It was back in 2007 that Gertie Blake, member service representative, Ontario Federation of Agriculture in Hanover was one of the reciepeints of the award.

The Farm Credit Canada Rosemary Davis Award honours women who are active leaders in Canadian agriculture.

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Agricultural Safety Week is under way across the country.

The theme this year is Plan, Farm, Safety.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association's campaign focuses on having farmers create plans to avoid risky situations on the farm.

A recent Farm Credit Canada survey found 87 per cent of Canadian farmers are interested in pursuing some sort of agricultural safety training.

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Food inspectors are reportedly raising fresh questions about gaps between Canadian and U-S food safety regimes.

Plants that package meat for the Canadian market are inspected just once a week, while those that ship to the U.S. must be checked daily.

The United States insists that inspectors maintain a daily presence in the plants if the meat is destined for American markets.

But Bob Kingston -- the head of the Agriculture Union --=says Canadian plants must be "under inspection,'' which he says is taken to mean once a week.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says although there are some differences in the inspection procedures of each country, the meat inspection systems are equally effective in producing safe food.

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Canadian fertilizer giant Agrium is dropping its 5 and a half billion dollar takeover bid for U-S company C-F Industries Holdings.

The Calgary-based company says it will let its offer for C-F expire on March 22nd after being rebuffed for more than a year.

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Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan has raised its first quarter earnings guidance due to a sharp rebound in potash demand.

The company says it expects strong North American sales volumes and offshore shipments as well as higher than expected margins in nitrogen and phosphate.

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The next few weeks will determine the future of this year's winter wheat crop.

Jake Davidson, of Winter Cereals Canada, says winter wheat is sensitive to temperature fluctuations near the freezing mark.

He says most winterkill actually occurs in spring and with temperatures well above normal for the past week, the crop could see significant damage if temperatures drop quickly.

Davidson says it has been a challenge getting a grasp of the crop's condition this winter, as the dramatic drop in acres over the last two years has resulted in much less feedback from producers.

 

 


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