Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Be Careful What You Bring


If you are travelling, be careful what you bring back into country.


Grain and oilseed futures have been dragged lower by global markets over the last week.

Market analysts says the major drop in stock markets is having a direct impact on commodity prices.

Errol Anderson of Pro Market Communications says the lower value of the Canadian dollar has buffered Canadian farmers from some of the turmoil.

Anderson adds it is too early to say what it will do to the beef industry.


If you are travelling this summer -- make sure you are careful about what you bring back into the country.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says some diseases pose no risk to food safety or people -- but they can have a tragic impact on farm animals.

Some of the foreign diseases of concern this summer include foot and mouth disease in Asia, classical swine fever in Europe and African swine fever in Russia.

You are required to declare all animals you bring back as well as report if you have been on a farm in another country.


Erik Andrus considers himself a beer and bread man.

But he's had limited success growing high quality grains on his sometimes soggy swath of Vermont farmland.

This spring -- in an effort to turn a liability into an asset -- he switched focus -- on one damp acre, he and a friend used an excavator to carve out two rice paddies, a reservoir and canals.

Heavy spring rains filled the paddies, where Andrus has planted cold-hardy rice.

A drain on one side allows him to regulate the water level in the paddies, and a pump pulls more water when needed from the reservoir.

He's hoping to harvest more than 18 hundred kilograms of rice this year.


Canyon Ski Resort in central Alberta is taking a rather sheepish approach to keeping the grass down during a busy summer season.

For the second year in a row, the area is using sheep to graze the ski hill.

A farmer is renting the pasture for a small fee for his 600 sheep and 360 goats.

The Ski Resort General Manager David Martel says the animals are cheaper, it saves on time and it's a better environmental choice.



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