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Country 105


Agriculture Report

CFIB: Agriculture Is Growing

By Kevin Bernard

Canadian Federation of Independent Business says people have a lot of misconceptions about agriculture.


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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says people have a lot of misconceptions about agriculture.

The C-F-I-B has published a new report that it says debunks those misconceptions.

A recent federal government study said many Canadians feel the agriculture industry is not innovative, is shrinking, is potentially harming the environment and that family farms are becoming extinct.

The C-F-I-B report says agriculture is innovative, growing and that farms are staying in the family.

It also says farmers are taking action to protect the environment.

The C-F-I-B report also says the federal government could do more to help farmers, such as cutting red tape and taxes.  

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Officials with the Western Hog Exchange says it's disgusted about a video released by Mercy for Animals Canada over the weekend.

The video shows handlers at their facility in Red Deer, Alberta -- beating the animals with weapons.

Chairman Brent Moen believes the abuse is not common practice and was an isolated incident.

Moen adds some employees have been fired, and some suspended. 

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Police in Prince Edward Island say they have received three more reports of potatoes containing metal objects in them.

That brings the total number of such cases to five over the last week.

The Mounties say in all cases, the metal objects were found before the potatoes were eaten.

Police believe all of the tampered potatoes originated from Linkletter Farms.

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Ranchers say the federal government is ignoring their calls to cull a massive herd of elk at a military base in southeastern Alberta that is damaging their land.

Bob Olson says the elk routinely jump fencing around C-F-B Suffield and then eat or trample grazing grass and crops.

He claims the herd has grown from a few hundred elk in 1997 to about 6 thousand animals.


 

 


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