Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Business Risk and Tractor Concerns

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Tractor rollers are hurting too many farmers.


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Ontario farmers are warning they need government help to manage their business risks and access credit.

The Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition says two key changes are needed to better protect local food production and support the sustainability of farms.

It wants Ottawa to make the federal AgriStability program more predictable.

The coalition also says a comprehensive business risk management program is needed to make farming more sustainable.

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The Harper government is spending more than one-million dollars to help struggling elk and deer ranchers gain access to international markets.

Some markets for antler velvet and elk and deer meat have been restricted because of chronic wasting disease.

The disease, similar to mad cow disease, has been found in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The federal cash will help the  industry develop an animal traceability and food safety program that would meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency guidelines.

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Two tractor roll overs in less than a week in the region have farm safety officials worried and anxious to get out the word about farm and tractor safety.

A Meaford area man and a man  working near Mount Forest were both seriously injured in separate roll over accidents last weekend.

Dean Anderson is with the Farm Safety Association of Ontario and says people should be extra cautious when using their tractors on the farm.

Anderson also says fatigue is another factor in tractor mishaps.

He recommends that operators take a break and get out of the tractor to relax for a bit so they don't get too tired.

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Monsanto, the world's biggest seed maker -- says profit fell by 19 per cent in the second quarter -- as prices continued to stagnate for its popular herbicide Roundup.

Monsanto acknowledges that it is unlikely to meet its goal of doubling 2007 gross profit by 2012.

The St. Louis company says its profit amounted to 887 million dollars for the quarter that ended February 28th.

 

 


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