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Agriculture Report

Fines at Calgary Stampede


Calgary Stampede levies 12 thousand dollar fine.


The Calgary Stampede levied its largest fine ever against a chuckwagon driver over a collision that led to the death of a horse.

Spokesperson Doug Fraser confirms they increased the fine against Cliff Cunningham from 25 hundred to more than 12 thousand dollars after officials interviewed the driver and reviewed video.

Both teams involved in the collision finished the race on Friday, but a Stampede veterinarian discovered one of driver Jim Knight's horses had a broken leg.

Much of the fine will go to Knight to compensate him for the loss of his horse.


The Japanese government has been preparing to suspend cattle shipments from the Fukushima area.

That is the area devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami.

Officials have concerns about a growing number of cows that fed on rice straw containing high levels of radioactive cesium.

Distributors across Japan bought meat from the exposed cows, and some has already reached consumers.


The Canadian Wheat Board is extending the signup window for the Canadian Wheat Board's FlexPro pricing option.

It has been extended by six months to March 15th, 2012.

The board says the change will allow farmers to fully assess the volume and quality of their crop before committing it to a FlexPro contract, if they choose.

Previously, producers committed tonnage within a six week window prior to the start of the crop year, and were then able to choose prices on any day throughout the year.


Authorities in Germany say a farm involved in a deadly E. coli outbreak is being cleared to re-open.

The outbreak was traced in early June to the vegetable sprout farm south of Hamburg.

Officials have conducted thorough testing and have removed of all fenugreek seeds, which are considered the likely source.

The state agriculture ministry says there is no further need to keep the farm closed after negative tests on all employees and possible sources of infection there.


The unrelenting Texas drought has produced a cruelly ironic twist -- cattle dying from too much water -- because they are drinking it too quickly.

Farm officials say reports of deaths from too much water or too little are showing up across the nation's leading cattle production state.



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