By Manny Paiva
Social media campaign is to help injured farmers return to agriculture.
It looks as if farm exports in the U-S are going to be better than expected.
The U-S Department of Agriculture has bumped up its forecast for 2014.
It now says U-S ag exports will hit a record 149.5 billion dollars this year.
That's up by almost seven billion from February's estimate.
The U-S-D-A says livestock, poultry and dairy exports will be a record 32.2 billion dollars -- with increases in dairy and beef more than offsetting declines in pork and poultry.
The bump up includes a 4.5 billion dollar boost to grain and feed exports, a 2.4 billion dollar increase in oilseeds and product exports and a 2.1 billion dollar increase in the value of corn exports.
>>>The Bruce County Federation of Agriculture is sponsoring an All-Candidates Meeting for the upcoming provincial election.
It will be held tonight for the candidates of Huron Bruce.
It begins at 7:30 PM at the Teeswater-Culross Community Centre.
The Federation is aiming to help rural residents become informed voters ahead of the June 12th election.
A social media campaign called "Back to Ag'' has been launched to raise money to help injured farmers and agricultural workers get back to farming.
The Rick Hansen Foundation, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and Farm Credit Canada are all partners in the project.
The ag lender will donate one dollar -- up to a maximum of 100 thousand dollars -- for every post, like or share on Facebook and tweet or retweet using the hashtag #BacktoAg on Twitter.
The money will be used to help farmers who have experienced a life-altering injury purchase or modify adaptive equipment.
The campaign runs until June 13th