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Agriculture Report

New Outdoor Farm Show


Friut and Veg Tech X-Change begins Thursday.


There is a new outdoor show for Ontario fruit and vegetable producers.

The first annual "Fruit and Veg Tech X-Change" outdoor show begins Thursday and continues for three days in Norfolk County.

Fruit and vegetable producers will get a chance to try out new equipment, test and compare technology and network at the show.


The president of the Manitoba Bison Association says most of his province's product heads south to the U-S because of better marketing.

Len Epp says marketers in the U-S have done a good job of promoting bison as healthy, natural meat.

Epp says the local market lags behind the U-S.


There may be a possible resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is warning that wild bird migrations have brought it back to previously virus-free countries.

It says a mutant strain of H-5-N-1 -- which can apparently sidestep defences of existing vaccines -- is spreading in China and Vietnam.

The organization is urging greater surveillance to ensure that any outbreaks are contained.


The Western Forage Beef Group in Alberta has a great deal of research to help graziers understand how cows graze.

It says forage has a lot of water in it and very little dry matter -- so a cow has to work hard to get the food she needs.

The group says the energy spent grazing is about 25 per cent more than eating hay or silage stored forage.


Some farmers in Manitoba say extreme shifts in weather this year have them wondering if they'll able to continue.

The wet spring posed issues for many farmers, while the subsequent dry summer has added to troubles.

Weather officials said this summer could go down as the driest one on record.


And residents in central Alberta will soon be able to shop year-round at an online farmers' market

Three women in Lacombe are setting up the service called The Green Pantry.

Customers will be able to order and pay online for meat, baking, produce and other goods from a network of suppliers in the region.

Orders can be picked up a few days later.



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