Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Funding for Ontario Apple Growers

By Manny Paiva

Ontario Apple Growers get $221,000 from the provincial government.


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The Ontario Apple Growers are getting funding from the provincial government.

The amount totals 221 thousand dollars and it will help increase sales and demand for the fruit.

Projects that could qualify for cash include retail sampling programs and culinary demonstrations to show consumers new ways to use Ontario apples.

Apples account for an estimated 60 million dollars in farm gate revenues in Ontario each year.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants more feedback on its Food Program Framework.

The policy is supposed to provide a clear outline of the food safety watchdog's activities related to food.

The agency is taking comments on the framework until the end of the month.

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The World Trade Organization is set to release its next ruling in a lengthy dispute over meat labelling requirements in the U-S a week from Monday.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz doesn't expect anything different --- saying Canada has made its case again and again.

The labelling has cost the North American meat industry billions of dollars since 2008.  

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Bad weather this past week has stalled harvest operations for many producers in Saskatchewan.

The Agriculture Ministry says 72 per cent of the crop is now combined, up slightly from 68 per cent last week.

The five year average for this time of year is 84 per cent combined.

High levels of fusarium head blight are being reported in many areas.

 

 

 


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