Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Buying Locally Grown Food


FCC study shows majority want to buy locally grown food.


A new study by Farm Credit Canada shows the majority of Canadians like the idea of purchasing Canadian food products or locally grown food.

Senior Agriculture Economist Jean Phillipe Gervais says 95 per cent of those surveyed said buying Canadian food products was important.

But less than half said they'd be willing to pay a premium for the chance to buy it.

Gervais says similar results were found for local food.


A biosystems engineering professor says anaerobic digestion by itself will not reduce phosphorous output from hog operations.

Manitoba is one province that thinks these digestors can be a solution to reducing the amount of phosphorous entering waterways from livestock operations.

But some analysts say digestion does not really do anything to phosphorous -- except it makes it more mobile, releasing some from the organic material into the liquid, which in return makes it more recoverable.


Interim federal Liberal leader Bob Rae is weighing in on the Canadian Wheat Board.

Rae says the federal government should not make changes until producers vote on it.


One ecologist says summers on the Prairies are becoming longer, warmer and dryer.

Ron Linowski with Medicine Hat College in Alberta says climate change is expanding desert type regions around the world.

He also expects the drought conditions that are being seen in East Africa will happen more frequently in the future.

Linowski says even if there's more precipitation -- the hotter temperatures will evaporate the moisture quicker.


A county northwest of Edmonton has declared a farm emergency after more than 32 hundred hectares of land flooded.

The disaster in Barrhead County is the result of three rivers spilling their banks.

Reeve Bill Lee says producers had all their winter feed seeded, but now it's a complete loss.

He says once the water has been on the field for that length of time, nothing can be done on it for months.


The Nova Scotia government says it is taking steps to make fur farming less toxic to the environment.

Department of Agriculture officials are working on regulations for mink farms.

Owners could be paying up to five thousand dollars to install new wells and test for water contamination.


And country music legend and Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson will be inducted next month into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Nelson organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 with John Mellencamp and Neil Young to raise money for family farmers.

Nelson says he's honoured and humbled to become the 39th inductee in Hall of Fame, located in Kansas.



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