By Manny Paiva
Another PED case in Ontario has been confirmed at a Waterloo farm, bringing the count to 69 cases.
There are now 69 confirmed cases of PED in Ontario.
The latest diagnosis was confirmed at a Waterloo region farm -- making it the second operation in Waterloo to have the virus.
The province's confirmed P-E-D count was steady at 63 from mid-July until November 12th, when the disease started to show up again.
Since then there have been six confirmed diagnosis locations.
2015 has been declared by the U-N General Assembly as International Year of Soils.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the U-N says the aim is to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystems.
Specific goals include educating the public about the role soil plays in food security, as well as in climate change adaptation.
>>>The cereal specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development says 2014 definitely had its challenges in terms of weather.
Pam de Rocquigny noted there were about a million acres that went unseeded this past year.
She adds wet conditions delayed seeding across a lot of the province.
Then heavy precipitation in the middle of June had a negative effect on crops.
She says even though growing conditions were challenging -- yields were still respectable with most crop types, coming in above the five-year average.
The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack in California has found more snow than last year at this time.
But officials say much more is needed to end the California drought.
The snowpack supplies about a third of the water needed by state residents, agriculture and industry as it melts in the late spring and summer.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency almost a year ago.
The state of Washington is implementing rule changes as part of its new system to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak.
Representatives of the livestock and dairy industry support the move.
The new rules will establish a 23-cent per-head fee on cattle sold or slaughtered in Washington or transported out of state.
The fee will fund the operation and maintenance of two computer systems used to collect information needed to quickly trace animal movements.