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Agriculture Report

Tommy Cooper Nominees


Two finalists for this year's Tommy Cooper Award.


The judging has begun for this year's Tommy Cooper Award.

There are two nominees for the honour that goes to the person who has made the greatest contribution to agriculture and rural living in Grey Bruce.

One of the nominees is Lorne Underwood of Clifford.

He is a former President of the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture and helped form the Clifford Hanover Foodgrains project.

Paul and Dorien De Jong of Dundalk have also been nominated for the Tommy Cooper award.

Paul was the youngest President of the Grey County Federation of Agriculture and his wife Dorien led the amalgamation of the Dundalk Agricultural Society.

The Award ceremony will be held on April 8th at the Elmwood Community Centre.


If you missed the news yesterday -- farmers continue to praise the 2011 Ontario budget.

It includes a permanent risk management program to help farmers deal with volatile commodity markets.

The budget also has new programs for livestock and fruit and vegetable farmers.


Today is the deadline to sign up for the Canadian Wheat Board's Series B durum contracts.

Farmers can choose to price in either this year or next crop years pool for no additional fee.

The board says high quality durum is urgently needed to fulfil existing sales commitments with two major long-term customers.


Prairie grain terminal operators are hoping a proposed massive hike for federal grain commission fees can be an issue during the election campaign.

Farmers are concerned they would ultimately pay the proposed 54 million dollar fee increase -- and they want public dollars to cover the cost.


China's government has launched a yearlong crackdown on illegal additives in pig feed.

That's because some pigs owned by meat suppliers tested positive for a banned chemical that can be dangerous to humans.

Tainted pork has become the latest food safety scandal to shock China.


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