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Agriculture Report

AgriStability Cuts

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Ontario farm groups raising alarm about the possible cuts


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A number of Ontario farm groups are raising the alarm about possible cuts to the federal AgriStability program.

The Ontario Cattlemen's Association says provincial and federal officials won't admit cuts are coming with the new Growing Forward 2 program.

But President Dan Darling says a meeting with provincial Agriculture Minister Ted McMeekin suggests it is being discussed.

Darling says they will drum up producer input and get their concerns to both MP's and MPP's.

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There is a new name and logo, but the event remains a farmer favourite.

Canada's Farm Progress Show began yesterday and continues until Friday in Regina.

The word ''Western'' has been dropped from the title to reflect the show's growth and the increasing number of international visitors.

Millions of dollars of farm equipment are on display and there are nearly 800 companies with exhibits.

That's a new record for the Farm Progress Show -- which is also celebrating its 35th anniversary.

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The Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board says it is studying whether to take its fight over the future of the Canadian Wheat Board to the Supreme Court.

The Federal Court of Appeal sided with the federal government on Tuesday.

It overturned a lower court ruling that said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz broke the law when he stripped the wheat board of its monopoly over wheat and barley sales.


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The U-S Senate has begun plowing through 73 amendments to a 500 billion dollar bill that will set farm policy and fund the food stamp program over the next five years.

One of its first votes was to reject a proposal to trim food stamp spending.

The farm bill -- one of the last major pieces of legislation that could clear Congress before the election -- carries out major changes to the federal safety net for farmers.

It replaces their direct payments -- even when they don't plant crops.

And there's a greater emphasis on crop insurance and a new program to protect farmers from revenue losses.

 


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