Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Learning About the Farm

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Agriculture courses will be offered at Georgian College.


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If you are thinking of moving from the city to your own green acres, Georgian College in Owen Sound can help.

This fall the college is offering an "Exploring the Small Farm Dream."

College official Barb Carriere says this will help participants determine if starting an agriculture business is right for them.

In the new year, Georgian will offer two other courses -- Alternative Opportunities for Livestock Production and Alternative Opportunities for Horticultural and Field Crop production.

Carrier says these courses will be targeted at people with a farm background who are looking at ways to improve the viability of their small farm operation.

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The first shipment of Canadian beef to China was served up at Shanghai Expo 2010.

On June 24th, the federal government signed an agreement with China for a staged market access approach for Canadian beef and tallow.

The first step includes market access to China for boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age.

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All Canadian cattle must now be tagged with an approved Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag before moving cattle from their current location or moving them from their farm of origin.

The rule came into effect July 1st.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says producers must leave the bar-coded tag on the ear and apply a R-F-I-D tag to the same animal.

Producers must cross-reference the identification number on the RFID tag with the number on the bar-coded tag in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System.

Cross-referencing the numbers will allow all of the information about the animal to be maintained.

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Flooding continues to cause major crop damage across the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.

The majority of the crops which are seeded are in fair to good condition, although behind normal in development.

Leaf disease and insects are causing crop damage as well.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 51 per cent surplus, 48 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

 

 


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