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Agriculture Report

Woodlot Owners Meeting

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Bruce County Woodlot Association holds workshop on the Emerald Ash Borer.


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The Bruce County Woodlot Association is holding a free workshop this weekend about the Emerald Ash Borer.

Farmers and residents can learn how to manage their woodlot if the invasive pest is found in the region.

Guest speakers will also explain the regulations in place to get rid of the insect.

The meeting begins at 9:30 AM Saturday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

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The growing medicinal marijuana business in the United States -- despite the drug's illegal status -- has many insurance firms seeing green -- as in money.

But north of the 49th, where there is no federal prohibition on medicinal pot -- legal growers are green with envy because it's next to impossible to get insurance coverage in Canada.

A spokeswoman for the Insurance Bureau of Canada says most providers in this country view grow ops -- either legal or illegal -- as a liability rather than an opportunity.

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An Alberta government board has cancelled approval of a controversial proposed poultry farm.

The 95 thousand broiler chicken operation was opposed by a group of area residents because they considered it too close to Chain Lakes.

That is a series of five linked lakes.

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The Obama administration is aiming to prevent meat recalls by withholding meat and poultry products from grocery store shelves until government testing is complete.

The Agriculture Department has proposed the rules to force companies to delay shipments to consumers until government inspectors have released tests results.

The ood Safety and Inspection Service has inspectors in all meat plants that sample for E. coli and other contaminants.

Currently, products that are sampled can be shipped before testing results are known, though many companies already have procedures in place to hold the meat.

The U-S government says at least 44 recalls between 2007 and 2009 could have been prevented if the rule had been in place.

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And there is a new project to combat deadly strains of a wheat pathogan.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department of International Development in the United Kingdom are investing 40 million dollars in the project.

It's a five year grant to Cornell University.

It will support efforts to identify new stem rust resistant genes in wheat and multiply and distribute rust-resistant wheat seed to farmers and their families.

 

 


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