Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Farm Values Rising

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FCC report shows Ontario farmland increased value by 7.2 per cent.


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The latest farm value report from Farm Credit Canada says the average value of Ontario farmland increased by 7.2 per cent during the second half of 2011.

Ontario's farmland values have been rising since 1993.

By comparison, the average value of Canadian farmland grew 6.9 per cent in the last six months of 2011.

Overall, farmland values increased in 9 provinces and remained unchanged in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Saskatchewan -- which has 40 per cent of Canada's arable land -- experienced the highest average increase at 10.1 per cent.

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We have been getting requests for more information about our story last week about a new farm loan program.

It's the Farm Credit Canada Young Farmer Loan program.

It offers loans for up to 500 thousand dollars to purchase or improve farmland and buildings for producers under 40 years of age.

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Health Canada is reminding you about the importance of properly cooking fresh fiddleheads before eating them.

Fiddleheads are the curled, edible shoots of the ostrich fern.

They are collected along the banks of rivers and streams -- and sold as a seasonal vegetable at farmer's markets, roadside stands and in some grocery stores.

Fiddleheads should never be eaten raw -- before cooking, Health Canada recommends removing as much of the brown husk as possible.

They should also be washed in clean cold water, cooked in boiling water for 15 minutes or steam them for 10 to 12 minutes.

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Some decorative plants that were developed at the University of Saskatchewan have caught the attention of a company that distributes to greenhouses across North America.

Bob Bars is an assistant professor of plant sciences -- and says they've been breeding strange looking coleus plants for a few years now.

The plants look a bit like underwater creatures or coral.

Bors says they have others that will hit the market in June.

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And the headlining act at the Calgary Stampede hit a sour note when tickets for the Garth Brooks show sold out in just 58 seconds.

The Stampede says it's thrilled with the response -- but sad that many fans will miss out.

Glen Mitchell tried to buy a 60 dollar ticket on the Ticketmaster website -- now he says they are selling for four thousand dollars on a re-sale website.

 


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