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Agriculture Report

Farmer's Market in Port Elgin


Downtown Market will take place on Wednesdays.



There will be a downtown Farmer's Market in downtown Port Elgin this summer.

The first one is planned for tomorrow -- from 9 till 4 -- and there are plans to have at least five more this summer.

Carol McKnight of the Port Elgin Business Improvement Area says they need to draw more people to the downtown core.

Merchants will be encouraged to set up displays with their products.

There will also be a shuttle bus between the Farmers' Market and the Beach Market.

There are also plans for a " Music on Main " event on Saturday July 28th -- where there will be entertainment and displays in downtown Port Elgin.


The federal government is giving the Canadian Wheat Board nearly 350 million dollars to help it deal with new competition in an open market.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the money will help pay for the severance and pensions of former workers.

He adds the funding will also pay for computer systems and other items as it prepares to compete with other grain companies.

The board's 60 year old monopoly over western wheat and barley sales will end on August 1st.


The U-S Department of Agriculture says American farmers planted the most corn this spring in nearly eight decades.

In total, more than 39 million hectares was planted.

It's a five per cent increase over last year, and is the most planted since 1937.



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