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Agriculture Report

Roots of Bruce 2011

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Today is final day of this year's Roots of Bruce program.


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Today is the second and final day of this year's Roots of Bruce program.

It begins at 9:30 AM at the Walkerton Agricultural Society buildings.

One of the organizers Elizabeth Grant tells us the Grade 5 and 6 students will learn about a number of farm related subjects -- from safety to the environment.

Grant adds these students are at a perfect age to learn about healthy food choices.

Almost 800 students from southern Grey Bruce will visit the Roots of Bruce this year.

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At one time -- soil conservation meant simply the protection from wind and water erosion.

Today, the Soil Conservation Council of Canada says it is much more than that.

Executive Director Glen Shaw says soil conservation in Canada's food producing system is now directly linked with water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and air quality.

He says farmers understand the connection of soil to health -- healthy soil produces healthy crops, healthy animal feed and ultimately affects the quality of all food produced.

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The future of the Canadian Wheat Board drew heated comments during an all-party debate on agriculture this week.

Prime Minister Harper promised to eliminate the board's monopoly over Prairie wheat and barley sales in 2004, and has repeated the pledge every election since.

Harper is promising this time to eliminate only the monopoly on barley sales.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz blamed the opposition parties for opposing the move, saying his party only wants to bring equity to farmers across Canada.

Liberal critic Wayne Easter took issue with the recent Conservative promise to continue to fight to protect the supply management systems protecting Canadian egg, poultry and dairy producers with high import tariffs.

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Canola grower associations in Saskatchewan and Alberta are distancing themselves from the Manitoba Canola Growers Association's new marketing survey.

The survey asks farmers whether they would be interested in selling some of their canola through the Canadian Wheat Board on a voluntary basis.

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A long standing tradition will end in the fall of 2012 when students at Carleton North High School in New Brunswick no longer get the potato break.

The district's education council says it's ending the practice of giving students at the school two weeks off every fall to help with the harvest.

Students will still be allowed to miss 12 days of school to work on the harvest -- but they'll have to let the school know in early September that they'll be taking the time.

 

 


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