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Agriculture Report

Tommy Cooper Night


Prestigious farm award will be handed out tonight.


A big award will be given out tonight to someone in the agricultural community.

There are two nominees for this year's Tommy Cooper Award -- named for a well-known provincial government agricultural representative, who was instrumental in founding the Grey-Bruce Livestock Co-operative.

The Bruce County Federation of Agriculture has nominated Lorne Underwood of Clifford, who has been with the organization since 1998.

Paul and Dorien DeJong of Dundalk are nominated as a couple by Grey County Federation of Agriculture.

Paul was the youngest President of the Federation and his wife created the largest volunteer organization in Dundalk.

The award ceremony will be held at 6:30 PM tonight at the Elmwood Community Centre.


Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and opposition party critics are going to debate issues such as trade, business risk management, food safety and a national food strategy.

The debate will be Monday in Ottawa starting at 11 o'clock.

It will be broadcast on CPAC, but it's not been determined when it will be shown.

The event will also be webcasted live on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture website.


There are more and more signs that we will be paying higher prices for food at restaurants.

As we told you earlier this week -- Tim Hortons' will increase its prices -- and a large coffee will cost 7 cents more on Monday.

And rising prices of other food commodities -- from sugar to beef -- mean we may start paying more on any number of meal options.

The worst rains in decades in major coffee grower Colombia have created a breeding ground for a fungus that decimates coffee plants.


A United Nations agency says global food prices have fallen for the first time in eight months -- but it's premature to conclude that means the recent sharp spike is over.

The report from the Food and Agriculture Organization says prices are still 37 per cent higher than they were in March of last year.

The agency says much will depend on new plantings this year and the volatility in North Africa and Japan.


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