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Agriculture Report

Lower Loonie Helps Farmers

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Pork and Cattle producers get help before Field to Fork Feast.


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The lower value of the Canadian dollar is helping beleaguered pork producers.

The loonie has dropped around six cents in value over the last four weeks.

Manitoba Pork Marketing says producers should earn an additional dollar-fifty per hundred kilograms for every single U-S cent decrease in the value of the Canadian dollar.

The lower Loonie is also good news for Canadian cattle producers.

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The National Farmers Union is concerned about creation of a new synthetic life form.

The J. Craig Venter Institute in the U-S have announced a computer D-N-A map was used to create a synthetic cell that has replicated over a billion times.

The N-F-U President says the new technology raises serious concerns about use, control and potential impact.

He points out farmers have lost markets due to introduction of genetically modified plants in the environment.

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Ontario crop specialists say up to 70 per cent of this year's soybean crop is in the ground.

Favourable weather conditions in April allowed some fields to be planted earlier than normal, while rain in May caused delays in other areas.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in Guelph, says on the whole planting is ahead of average by about a week.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario, estimates 2.5-million acres of soybeans will be planted this year and the yield is forecast to be 4.2 bushels per acre, the same as 2009.

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Another smorgasbord of local delights on the menu this weekend in Wiarton as the Grey Bruce Ag and Culinary Association holds another one of their very popular Field to Fork Feasts.

Organizer Ann Pickles says ten local chefs will be featured serving up everything from trout and bison to burgers and wild greens.

She says it'll also be an environmentally friendly feast...

Tickets for Sunday's feast are 20 bucks and can be purchased at the Meaford Chamber office, The Ginger Press in Owen Sound, Fretz Valu Mart in Sauble and at Peninsula Shores in Wiarton.

The event is being held from Noon until 4 PM.

 


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