Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Funding for Soybeans, Study for Spuds

By Manny Paiva

Feds announce $100,000 for soybean industry, potato industry looks at health benefits of spuds.

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The Canadian soybean industry is looking to tap into new export markets.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario is getting 100 thousand dollars from the federal government to do just that.

CEO Barry Senft says regions of the European Union, Japan and Asia are key to the growth of the soybean industry here in Canada.


The potato industry is working to counter the belief by some consumers that spuds are less healthy than pasta or rice.

The Ontario Potato Board says there are -- quote -- incorrect assumptions about the nutritional and health related attributes of fresh potatoes.

A study done for the board suggests consumers want more high-quality, high-value potato products.


Farmers are getting a break from the Ontario government, with a delay in the plan to hike recycling fees on tires.

Grey County Federation of Agriculture President Wayne Caughill says the Ontario Tire Stewardship is postponing the increases until 2015.

Fees were set to jump in 2014, and Caughill says the decision will save farmers in Grey Bruce -- $117 per tire in the 120 to 127 kilogram weight range.

The tire recycling fees are based on weight.

Caughill says the large tires are on combines or larger farm tractors.

Already those tires cost over $800 each and he says farmers often replace eight of them in a year.

The head of the Grey County Federation of Agriculture says there needs to more uses found old tires.

Caughill says some are being used for asphalt, but new creative ways need to be found for them.




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