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Agriculture Report

More Funding for Canola


Canadian government provides funds for canola marketing.


The federal government is investing in Canada Canola crop to help sell it to international markets.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced one and a half million dollars for the Canola Council of Canada's "Growing Great 2015" strategy to increase demand for canola products around the world.

He says this marketing initiative will create more revenue for Canada's canola producers and contribute to Canada's economic growth through increased exports and trade.

This investment will help the Canola Council increase its promotional initiative -- which will highlight the distinct health qualities of canola oil and meal, distinguishing them from competitors.


Forestry officials in Ontario are urging people who find a type of tall, poisonous plant not to try and remove it themselves.

Jeff Muzzi -- a manager of forestry services for Renfrew County -- says people who find giant hogweed plants should instead tell municipal or county officials who can remove them properly.

The plant -- which can grow to almost six metres tall -- can cause blindness if its sap gets into a person's eyes.

It can also cause burns and permanent scarring.

The invasive plant been found creeping into forests in Ontario and parts of British Columbia and officials say it could easily spread.


Several farm groups are applauding the federal government's announcement of a 450 million dollar relief package for Prairie farmers whose fields are too wet to plant.

But a Saskatchewan group says it's also concerned that some producers have been left out of the deal.

Brian Otto -- the president of the Western Barley Growers Association -- says they know that all levels of government have tight budgets, so they appreciate the cash infusion.

Greg Marshall -- the President of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan -- says existing safety net programs were never designed to deal with a disaster of this magnitude.


Was it a competitor or a mere vandal who poisoned 7 million vegetable plants at a seedling nursery in Australia?

Local growers in Australia's largest winter vegetable growing region are keeping their suspicions to themselves while 12 detectives investigate the 23 and a half million Australian dollar sabotage in Queensland state's Bowen region.

Most farmers and agriculture experts agree that the significant loss could increase fresh produce costs across Australia in the coming months.

Workers at Supa Seedlings nursery --- which provides plants to 30 regional growers -- noticed the wilting and dying plants in June.

As the problems were noticed in seedlings that had already been transplanted on farms, police were notified.


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