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Agriculture Report

New Group for Farmers

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Desboro farmer helps form Practical Farmers of Ontario.


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A group of farmers in Ontario is banding together to start a new organization.

The Practical Farmers of Ontario hopes to enlist at least 250 members and create 10 provincial chapters.

It plans to hold its first general meeting at Trent University on March 31st.

Sean McGivern of Desboro says the group feels more action needs to be taken on issues such as over-arching regulations and heavy-handed marketing boards.

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India will host a conference later this month on a gender gap in agriculture.

Organizers of the first Global Conference on Women in Agriculture say women comprise 43 per cent of the agricultural labor force of developing countries.

But they say women in those countries face restrictions on their ability to buy, sell or inherit land, open a savings account, borrow money, or sell their crops at market.

Organizers note that a United Nations released a report last year found that opening up access to such resources could increase yields on women's farms by 20 to 30 per cent.

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Maple Leaf Foods is reporting lower profits.

The food processor says fourth quarter profits fell to 9.2 million dollars from 30.6 million a year ago.

But sales were up 3 per cent.

The bottom line was pressured as the company booked 32.2 million dollars worth of pre-tax restructuring charges.

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Cargill and the Canadian Wheat Board are teaming up to form a strategic alliance.

The Winnipeg grain handler is the first to join forces with the board following the federal government's move to end the board's monopoly on western grain sales.

Cargill says the deal will enable the wheat board to offer its full range of products, grain pricing pools and services to farmers and end-use customers.


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Agrium says it is starting construction on a 28 million dollar project to double production at its E-S-N facility in Missouri.

E-S-N is a controlled-release nitrogen fertilizer.

The Calgary-based fertilizer giant says the expansion means Agrium will be prepared for a growth in demand for the fertilizer.

Construction of the project is scheduled to finish in the third quarter.

 


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