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Agriculture Report

New Ag Course at Georgian


Georgian College in Owen Sound has a new farm course.


Georgian College in Owen Sound is offering a new farm course.

It's called Alternative Agriculture, Crop Production -- and Instructor Christine Hammel tells us it will help people who are interested in growing different crops.

Hammel says this course will focus on advances in crop production, soil, agro
ecosystems and consumers.

She says they will also explore different farming practices in Grey Bruce and ways to increase production through marketing, processing and product quality.


The Keystone Agricultural Producers want more farm talk on the election circuit.

President Doug Chorney says his membership want all political parties to commit to the Growing Forward policy framework.

He notes there are many issues of direct importance to producers that politicians should be grilled on -- from risk management to environmental stability.


The last week of April is the traditional start of wild turkey hunting in much of southern Ontario.

This year's season opened yesterday and runs until May 31st.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Ontario Conservation Officers are reminding all hunters to put safety first, and respect private property.

Hunters should make clear arrangements with landowners before hunting on private land.


The President of the Essex County Federation of Agriculture admits farmers are worried.

Larry Verbeke says the constant rain over the next 3 to 4 days and lack of sunshine are a double whammy for farmers.

He notes there will be no farming done for the rest of the month -- which means the season has been delayed by about two weeks.

Verbeke says the high fuel prices and miserable weather conditions are hitting farmers even before they hit the fields.


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