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Agriculture Report

Environmental Farm Plans


Environmental Farm Plan course in Grey County wraps up on Monday.


Another environmental farm plan course is about to wrap up on Monday.

That will be the second day of the course designed to help  farmers to learn more on how to make their farms greener by learning about the impact certain practices can have on the land.

Ray Robertson of Grey County Agricultural Services says the Environmental Farm Plan Course covers a lot of ground.

Robertson says to date some 25 hundred farmers have taken part in the program.


Saskatchewan producers have 16 per cent of the 2010 hay crop cut and 10 per cent bailed.

That's according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly crop report.

Hay crop quality is rated as 31 per cent excellent and 49 per cent good.

Rain is slowing progress in cutting the hay.

Some warmer weather have helped advance crops, but most are still one to two weeks behind normal development.

62 per cent of the province's fall-seeded cereals are at a normal stage of development, but 67 per cent of spring-seeded cereals, 66 per cent oilseeds and 58 per cent of the pulses are behind normal.


Even with heavy rainfall in the Prairies, berry farmers are keeping their chins up.

Waldo Thiessen of the Prairie Fruit Growers Association says berries planted last year and the year before are doing good, but those from three years ago are not.

He also says southwestern Manitoba got an unusually early start this year.

Fruit rot among strawberries will likely produce lower yields.


U-S House Democrats are moving forward on first lady Michelle Obama's vision for healthier school lunches, propelling legislation that calls for tougher standards governing food in school and more meals for hungry children.

A bill approved by the House Education and Labour Committee Thursday would allow the Agriculture Department to create new standards for all food in schools, including vending machine items.

The legislation would spend about eight billion dollars more over 10 years on nutrition programs.

New standards would not remove foods like pizza or hamburgers from schools completely, but would make them healthier.

Vending machines could be stocked with less candy and fewer high-calorie sodas.



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