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Agriculture Report

Agricultural Land Designations


Bruce County Federation of Agriculture wants plans to protect farm land.



Officials in Saugeen Shores have heard concerns from the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture about the disappearing farm land.

2nd Vice President Pat Jilesen says the land is being severed to make way for residential subdivisions and wind turbines.

He wants Council to follow provincial policy to protect farm land.

Vice Deputy Mayor Doug Gowanlock says rural lands fall under the official plans of both the town and the County.

Jilesen notes when farm land disappears -- we lose the ability to grow food.

One wind turbine uses up to 5 acres of land.


Ontario crop researchers are studying the combination of foliar fertilizers and fungicides to try to boost soybean yields.

OMAFRA soybean specialist Horst Bohner says they want to see if they can increase yields by helping the crop during its reproductive stage when it flowers and sets the pods.

Researchers have noticed there was a good response from the crop when there were more plants per acre.

The three year project wraps up in 2014.


Cuddy Farms in Strathroy has been fined 65 thousand dollars for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

A worker cleaning out a poultry barn in Melbourne fell though an unguarded chute and was seriously injured in September of 2010.

The turkey breeding company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure workers were protected.

Cuddy Farms must also pay a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.


And the condition of corn in the 18 states that produce most of it -- has deteriorated due to widespread drought.

The latest report from the U-S Department of Agriculture says 30 per cent of the crop is now considered in poor or very poor condition.

Indiana and Illinois have been particularly hard hit.


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