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Agriculture Report

Study Shows Ethanol Benefits

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Conference Board of Canada says the bio-fuel benefits the economy, environment.


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A new study shows the ethanol industry benefits the Canadian economy and our environment.

The Conference board report mirrors one done by the Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Spokesperson Len Coad says the study concludes that ethanol should be part of Canada's energy mix.

It is a clean transport fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to energy self-sufficiency.

As far as the economic impact of the industry, the report found that it contributes as much as 1.2 billion dollars annually to the Canadian economy and accounts for over 1,000 permanent jobs once plants are in operation.

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Leave us out of it -- that's what Dairy Farmers of Canada is saying about the debate over the Canadian Wheat Board.

The Conservatives have been accused of hypocrisy for dismantling the board's single desk, while remaining staunch supporters of supply management.

Wally Smith -- the President of the Dairy Farmers of Canada -- says he has sent letters to federal party leaders asking them to quit linking the two systems.

Smith says there are key differences between the marketing models -- for example -- he says he doesn't know any dairy farmers who don't want to be part of the supply management system.

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The Alberta government has mashed a land deal that could have seen a large tract of native prairie sold off for an irrigated potato farm.

Sustainable Resource Development has pulled a request for proposals to buy nearly 73-hundred hectares of grassland for an irrigation project.

Government officials had acknowledged a Taber-area potato farmer was expected to bid for the land.

The proposal was widely criticized by environmentalists and area ranchers, and seemed to contradict advice from the government's own experts.

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An Alberta crop specialist says monitoring the status of grain in the bin, and keeping its temperature down, are key this fall to protecting stored crops.

Harry Brook, who works at the Ag-Info Centre in Stettler, Alberta, says there were lots of crops taken off this fall that had temperatures of 30 Celsius and above.

He says the temperature should be down to 15 Celsius or cooler.

Brook says when stored grain is hot, there is moisture migration, even in dry crops -- hot pockets can develop, and these can attract grain beetles.

 


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