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Agriculture Report

Drive Away Hunger


FCC is starting its 8th annual Drive Away Hunger campaign.


Farm Credit Canada is re-introducing the program to collect food and cash donations for food banks across the country.

The 8th annual program involves a tractor and trailer that drivers through several communities across Canada.

The tours will take place in our region the week of October 10th.

The FCC is also collecting food and cash donations in every field office -- starting today until October 14th.

100 per cent of donations go to Canadian food banks -- and anyone can visit the drive away hunger website to make a cash donation.


Farmers who are interested in wind turbines -- take note.

There's an energy specialist with Alberta Agriculture who warns that just because your neighbour has a wind turbine that's working well -- doesn't mean one will work well on your land.

Kelly Lund says small scale, wind power offers more control over energy costs -- and on a larger scale, it can generate revenue opportunities.

But Lund says producers should get a wind assessment done before they invest.


Food prices could rise next year because an unseasonably hot summer likely damaged much of this year's corn crop in the U-S.

The Department of Agriculture estimates a surplus of 672 million bushels of corn will be left over at the end of next summer.

That is down from last month's forecast and well below levels that are considered healthy.


Here's an interesting proposal for farmers in Manitoba.

The N-D-P leader is promising that if his government is re-elected in Manitoba's provincial election -- farmers won't have to pay school taxes.

Greg Selinger points to the fact that farmers face many challenges -- from the weather to the volatility of crop prices.

He also says many farmers have had a rough year -- from dealing with flooding to a plan to scrap the Wheat Board's monopoly for wheat and barley sales.


The 140 million dollar International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan is now open.

The sprawling complex will research infectious diseases and vaccines to try to protect both human and animal health.


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