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Agriculture Report

Forage Expo in Wellington

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Ontario Forage Expo is being held at Elora Research Farms.


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This year's Ontario Forage Expo is being held at the Elora Research Farms in Wellington County.

And it will take place next Wednesday -- starting at 10 o'clock.

It's being hailed as a major event for farmers with demonstrations and activities related for the forage industry -- including wagon tours of research plots.

There will be keynote speakers as well as forage related trade show exhibitors.

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A United Nations agency says rising sugar prices pushed up global food prices once again in June after a brief lull.

The Food and Agriculture Organization says its price index rose one per cent during the month.

Despite the increase -- food prices are still four per cent below the all-time high recorded in February.

The agency says improved weather conditions and Russia's lifting of its export ban on wheat helped contain prices.

However, experts have warned that prices are expected to remain volatile for years -- due to declining stockpiles and only modest increases in production.

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Saskatchewan Agriculture says livestock producers have eight per cent of the 2011 hay crop cut -- and two per cent baled or put into silage.

71 per cent of the hay crop is rated as good to excellent in quality.

61 per cent of the fall cereals are also in the heading stage.

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Farmers in Alberta may see agriculture specialists out in their fields this summer surveying for cabbage seed pod weevils.

The survey will determine where the little bugs occurs and where it is not yet found.

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And Agrium has agreed to buy Vancouver-based turf products maker Evergro Canada for 50 million dollars.

Evergro has seven distribution centres throughout B-C and Alberta -- and annual revenues of roughly 60 million dollars.

Agrium says the deal will expand its footprint in Canada and adds to its expertise in controlled release fertilizers and pest control as well as turf and vegetable seeds.


 

 


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