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Agriculture Report

Wasteful Agricultural Canada


Taxpayers Federation's awards tobacco transition program with waste award


Agriculture Canada is the winner of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's annual government waste awards.

The federation says the department's 284 million dollar tobacco transition program designed to get farmers out of the business actually increased the number of producers.

It's the 14th year the federation has handed out the awards -- named the Teddies -- after a bureaucrat infamous for extravagant expense claims.


Farmers can learn about the latest in social media and how it can help their farm business.

Grey County Agricultural Services is hosting a workshop tomorrow on social media.

Nick Betts will teach you how to blog, tweet, facebook and podcast.

The workshop is from 1 PM till 3:30 PM tomorrow at the office in Markdale.

For more details -- call 986-3756.


The mild winter has given many farmers in the northern United States a break from shovelling and a chance to catch up on maintenance.

But it could lead to a tough spring, because many pests that would normally freeze have not.

One American farm specialist says winter is normally a reset button that gives farmers a fresh start come planting season.

But with relatively mild temperatures and little snow -- insects are surviving, growing and, in some areas, already munching on budding plants.


Farm officials in Saskatchewan are welcoming a fresh blanket of white across much of the province's grainbelt.

Parts of Saskatchewan were hit by upwards of 20 centimetres of snow when a storm rolled through central regions on Tuesday.

Officials say the soil moisture levels have been low and the snow will help.


And the Agriculture Minister in Manitoba says the province is committed to keeping the Canadian International Grains Institute in Winnipeg.

Ron Kostyshyn says he met with federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz -- and Ritz feels Winnipeg is an appropriate location.

The City of Saskatoon has invited the organization to move next door.



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