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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Midwestern Agri Fair A Hit


More exhibits leads to more people at this year's Agri Fair.


Another successful Mid Western Ontario Agri fair in Chesley.

Organizer Bill Guardhouse says more than 100 exhibitors took part and attendance was higher than last year.

He says for next year, they will stay the course.

The exhibits this year focused on tractors, banking agencies, insurance, water treatment, Chambers of Commerce -- even TV appliances.


Ontario fruit growers are being told they can do a better job of meeting growing consumer demand if they work more closely with retailers, packers and distributors.

A new report says the public wants higher quality and more varieties of fruits such as peaches, nectarines, pears, apples and table grapes.

It says Ontario growers are well placed to supply fruit to major markers but an action plan is needed help the entire industry grow to its full potential.


A new report says biofuels were not to blame for the so-called food crisis of 2007 and 2008.

The report commissioned by the United Kingdom says biofuels had a relatively small contribution to the 2008 spike in agricultural commodity prices.

The report says speculators responding to rapidly declining global wheat stocks caused by ongoing draught triggered the price spikes.


The Canola Council of Canada say producers won't get the kind of independent information they need this year to determine which varieties of canola to grow.

The group is expressing disappointment after several seed developers in Canada refused to enter their varieties in different trials.

They have been cancelled because there aren't enough entries.



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