Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

GNE Needs Ambassadors


Great Northern Exhibition needs young ambassadors.


Prairie farmers have voted in favour of the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly over wheat and barley sales.

Just over 60 per cent of wheat growers and 51 per cent of barley growers cast ballots supporting the board's monopoly.

The board conducted a plebiscite after federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz refused to hold one as required under the Canadian Wheat Board Act.

Ritz has said he will change the law and eliminate the monopoly.

But Wheat Board Chair Allen Oberg says Ritz has no choice but to listen to farmers.

The National Farmers Union is calling on federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to respect Western wheat and barley farmers.

NFU President Terry Boehm says farmers have clearly shown that they support the single desk, and the advantages it clearly brings.


The Great Northern Exhibition is looking for young people to represent this year's fair.

The Junior Ambassador competition is open to all girls and boys in Grades 6 to 8.

To be a Senior Ambassador, you have to be 17 years old.

GNE Committee Member Lisa Hardisty tells us applications will be accepted until Saturday.

Candidates have to prepare a speech on agriculture or fairs, will be interviewed by the judges and have to answer an impromptu question.

The two winners will get money.

Plus they will judge GNE competitions and represent the fair at various events.



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