Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Farmers Outline Issues

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Ontario farmers list turbines, red tape among election issues.


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Wind turbines, unnecessary red tape and disaster relief will be top of mind for Ontario farmers in the upcoming provincial election.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture says outdated and needless regulations that complicate their work is a big issue.

The group would also like to see more consultations with farmers to make sure there aren't unintended consequences for them from any one law.

Environment Minister John Wilkinson says the government had reduced needless regulation by almost 28 per cent, and worked to modernize some rules so they are no longer outdated.

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The Canadian Wheat Board says wet weather in Western Canada this year will leave up to eight million acres of farm land unseeded.

Bruce Burnett, the wheat board's director of weather and market analysis, says many Prairie farmers have planted next to nothing.

He says others are watching their newly emerged crops drown.

Burnett says the weather over the next two weeks will be critical if there is any hope of lifting expectations for seeding.

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The Manitoba government is fighting the federal government's plans for the Canadian Wheat Board.

The province is launching an advertising campaign that says Ottawa will destroy the wheat board and hurt farmers across Western Canada.

The federal Conservatives have promised to end the wheat board's monopoly on grain sales and allow farmers to sell independently.

Manitoba says the wheat board will die without the monopoly and prices could drop.

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Nearly 200 leading agriculture companies have signed up to be a part of Fruit & Veg Tech X-Change, a showcase of the best technology, equipment and products available to growers.

The outdoor horticulture trade show will bring together producers from across the province and beyond on the shore of Lake Erie near Simcoe.

A wide range of exhibitors serving the row crop, tobacco, orchard, vineyard and greenhouse sectors will be at the event.

It runs from September 1st to the 3rd

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The European Union is protesting against Russia maintaining a broad ban on European-grown vegetables despite the identification of sprouts as the cause of a deadly E.coli outbreak.

German investigators said last week that vegetable sprouts from a farm in the north of the country were the source of the E. coli, and all indications are that the outbreak is tapering off.

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A drought has been declared in a major wheat-producing region of Britain after one of the driest springs on record.

East Anglia, in eastern England, also produces other cereal crops and beets.

Britain is the E-U's Number 3 producer of the grain.

It wasn't immediately clear if the drought declared Friday by Britain's Environment Agency would have an immediate impact on food prices.

Britain's national weather agency says 2011 has been the second driest spring across England and Wales since 1910, hitting cereal farms particularly hard.

 


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