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Agriculture Report

More Wine Selection


Wine lovers will soon have more selection in Ontario.


The organization that represents corn, soybean and wheat farmers in Ontario has a new Vice President of Strategic Development.

John Cowan has been named to the post by the Grain Farmers of Ontario.

His job will be to come up with a plan to add value to the crops grown by the organization's 28 thousand members.

Cowan is the former head of the Canadian Seed Trade Association and a director of the Ontario Agri Business Association.


Wine lovers in Ontario will soon have a greater selection and better quality of local wine to choose from.

The Ontario government says vineyards will get 12 million dollars in funding to transition to more popular grapes and help offset frost.

Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell says a strong grape and wine industry is part of the government's job creation plan.

There are currently more than 17 million vines on 15 thousand acres of Ontario land.


A new risk management tool will help Alberta hog producers weather volatile market prices as they prepare their hogs for market.

The Hog Price Insurance Program will help provide hog producers with protection against an unpredicted decline in hog prices.

It is voluntary for farmers and available to purchase year round.


A sudden weekend storm in Saskatchewan has had devastating consequences for a farmer north of Regina.

Ken Christoph lost his 500 acres of crop to hail.

His father-in-law was the only one home when the hail hit Saturday, and says it lasted close to an hour.

There was so much hail that road crews brought out snowplows to clear it from roads.


A Canadian juice maker is reporting a loss.

Sun Rype says it lost 1.4 million dollars for the second quarter.

The Kelowna, B-C based company blames higher commodity prices, including apples and fruit concentrates.


And a former employee of the Canadian Grain Commission's research lab is brewing a new business idea.

Sandra Gowan is growing hops in Manitoba for the hobby beer making market.

Gowan was introduced to hops through a Manitoba Agriculture Crop Specialist --who discovered that hops could withstand Manitoba winters.

Gowan's father is developing a hydraulic system to package her hops into freeze dried pucks to use in beer production.



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