Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

More Funding for Canadian Grains

By Kevin Bernard

Federal government announces $15 million in funding for the Canadian International Grains Institute.

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There is more support for the sale of field crops.

Our federal government has announced 15 million dollars in funding for the Canadian International Grains Institute.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the cash will support work to share technical and market knowledge with customers around the world.

He adds it will strengthen Canada's competitive advantage.

Last year, Canadian grain exports were worth about 23 billion dollars.


Two events are being held in Grey County on Saturday dealing with Genetically Modified crops.

Hosted by the Grey County arm of the National Farmers Union of Ontario, they are free seminars.

One takes place from 10 AM until 1 PM at the Kinplex in Flesherton, and the second is from 7 PM until 9 PM at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound.

Grey County NFU Chapter President Phil Woodhouse says a prominent scientist, Doctor Thierry Vrain will talk about genetically engineered food and human health.

Doctor Vrain is a soil biologist and genetic engineer.

He'll be joined by Tony Mitra, an internationally active citizen journalist and food security activist.

One of the issues being looked at during the meetings will be whether GM crops are living up to the promises made by the seed companies. 



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