Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Investigation in Simcoe County

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The death of a woman on a farm is still under investigation.


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The investigation continues after a 77 year old woman died on a farm in Simcoe County.

The woman was rushed to hospital yesterday but died after she was hit by a tractor on a farm in Springwater Township.

Police say she was working at the time -- but no other information has been released.

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It appears Canadian Food Inspection Agency painted a rosy picture of the conditions at some of Canada's meat and poultry plants.

A U-S audit found there were sanitation problems at some of the plants which were certified to export to the U-S.

But Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says they are always improving the process.

He notes the government has invested an 75 million dollars to improve food safety and is hiring 170 new inspectors.

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And Saskatchewan has announced funding to study a proposed Western Canadian Crop Technology Interpretive Centre.

The proposed centre will feature displays showcasing soils, crops, technology, agri-business and agri-tourism.

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Two Manitoba hog farmers have been charged following a raid at a farm earlier this year.

Provincial veterinary officials and RCMP raided Martin and Dolores Grenier's hog operation in June and found hundreds of hogs in various states of decomposition.

There were over two thousand animals on the farm and an estimated 300 to 500 animals were already dead when discovered.

The barn caught fire a few days after the animal neglect investigation began, and a probe into the blaze is ongoing.

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Groups that represent producers say they appreciate the announcement about federal tax deferrals in 2010 for breeding livestock.

But they also say they really need immediate assistance.

The Conservative government announced last week that eligible producers in designated areas could defer income tax on the sale of breeding livestock for one year to help replenish breeding stock.

But Keystone Agricultural President Rob Brunel says there is a need to cover the winter feed shortage issues due to this year's excess moisture.

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And the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association is changing its name to the Manitoba Beef Producers.

Over 30 resolutions were brought to the table during the group's annual general meeting on the weekend.

 

 


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