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Agriculture Report

Dairy Day at Farmer's Week

By Manny Paiva

Grey Bruce Farmers Week continues today with the focus on Dairy producers.


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We are into day two of the 48th annual Grey Bruce Farmers Week.

Friday is Dairy Day at the Elmwood Community Centre.

A bit of a change-up, as Organizer Lorie Smith points out Dairy Day typically isn't on the Friday of Grey Bruce Farmers Week.

The first presentation of the day will be on "Uncontrolled Electricity," starting at 10am.

The big highlight for today, and perhaps the whole week,  is a presentation from Veterinarian, Professor and best selling Author, Doctor Don Hoglund.

Smith says Doctor Hoglund will talk for over an hour about how to handle cattle.

Saturday is Sheep Day in Elmwood and Sunday is Horse Day.

Monday is Ecological Day and the week wraps up on Tuesday with Crops Day -- which is typically the busiest day.

Smith says last year they had 185 producers on Crops day alone.

She says it was great, even though there was barely room to move.

Over the seven days, Smith expects around 12 to 15 hundred people will make it out to Farmers Week.

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The Ontario Cereal Industry Research Council says research into winter wheat gluten quality is -- quote -- "strategically important.''

The federal government is investing up to 422 thousand dollars into the research.

The Council says the money will help Ontario growers maintain their competitive position in winter wheat.

The idea is to identify traits that will help build new markets for winter wheat through enhanced milling and more product uses.

Ontario grows 73 per cent of Canada's winter wheat with a market value of more than 500 million dollars.

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The president of a Saskatchewan export group says the province is on track to set all time high records for exports.

Lionel LaBelle from the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership says exports surpassed 30.3 billion dollars in the first 11 months of 2013.

That is up 5.4 per cent from 2012.

And the main reason for the increase was agriculture.


 


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