Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Funding for Lamb Producers

By Manny Paiva

Canadian Lamb Producers Coop gets 1.4 million for a new computer indexing and grading system.

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The newly formed Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative is getting 1.4 million dollars for a new computer indexing and grading system.

The federal government investment should be able to give producers real time data.

Officials hope the system will lead to improved flock genetics, better feed management practices and reduced operating costs.


The edible bean harvest in Huron County is struggling.

Joe Vermunt -- the President of the Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association -- says growers haven't been able to do any edible bean harvesting for the last month due to the weather.

Now that the area has snow, Vermunt figures what's still in the fields is lost.

The Ontario edible bean growers organization predicts up to 5 per cent of the crop has been lost.


Some damage is expected to the mandarin and navel orange crops in California from last week's cold snap.

California Citrus Mutual says the industry does not expect a dramatic impact on supply or price.

The growers' association says citrus farmers have spent 12.4 million dollars since the cold snap began to try to warm up the fields.

Other crops that may be affected include lettuce and tomatoes.


The U-S Apple Association worries Chinese imports could come with invasive pests that might damage North American orchards.

Observers think ongoing trade talks may mean U-S apples could return to the Chinese market by early next year -- and Chinese apples could enter the U-S by next fall.


A YouTube sensation has told a group of farmers in Saskatchewan that social media can get young people into farming.

Greg Peterson is the young Kansas farmer behind viral parody videos that put an agriculture spin on popular songs.

Peterson told the conference that promoting agriculture through social media can be as complex as an online video or as simple as posting a picture from their farm.



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