Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Roots of Bruce in Walkerton

By Manny Paiva

About 600 students will learn about agriculture, farm safety and rural life in Walkerton.

Length: 1:13

It's about learning how life is like down on the farm.

About 300 Grade 5 and 6 students will visit the Walkerton Agricultural Society Buildings on Friday for the 20th annual Roots of Bruce.

About 300 students took the same tour on Thursday.

Chair Monica Zettel says they have 24 different learning stations for the students to enjoy -- and the topics range from food to nutrition to farm safety.

The students will see and learn about chickens, cattle, goats, sheep -- even llamas -- and they will see the milking of dairy cows.

Zettel believes the number of farm children has declined over the years -- and this is a good chance to educate kids about rural life.

Zettel says the response has been positive.

She adds they would not be able to hold the event without the support from the farm community.

The Roots of Bruce began 20 years ago after the International Plowing Match was held in the Walkerton area.


There is a big trade mission next week for Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

He will lead a delegation of 30 agriculture associations and companies to Korea to boost trade ties.

The mission comes after the signing of the new Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

The large delegation includes a wide range of sector groups that will benefit from the deal -- including beef, pork, grains, pulses and processed foods.

Ritz will also meet with Korean government officials, farm groups and industry players.


The Canadian Wheat Board says it will construct its second state of the art grain elevator in Saskatchewan.

It will feature 42 thousand metric tonnes of storage and is scheduled to open in time for the 2015 harvest.



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