Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Farmers Concerned About Climate Change

By Manny Paiva

More than 70 per cent of OFA members worry about impact of climate change.


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The Ontario Federation of Agriculture has more information now about the concerns over climate change.

More than 25-hundred OFA members completed a short online survey in January.

And more than 70 per cent expressed concerns about climate change as it affects agriculture.

Most of the concerns were about the frequency and severity of weather events and shifting weather patterns.

Farmers are worried about the impact growing seasons and crop yields, quality and cropping practices.

The O-F-A says it will use the survey to formulate a message to the government.

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Ivanhoe Cheese from Gay Lea Foods Co-operative is a finalist in the 9th Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.

The Extra Old Vintage Cheddar Cheese is a finalist in the Aged Cheddar, more than three years, category.

Cheese makers from B-C to P-E-I- submitted 268 cheeses in 27 different categories in the esteemed cheese competition.

The 81 finalists will compete at the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Gala of Champions at Toronto's Liberty Grand on April 22nd.

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The National Farmers Union says the new Agricultural Growth Act will benefit seed companies rather than farmers.

The N-F-U says the new law expands the ability of seed companies to control new varieties of seed, and gives them new ways to collect royalty revenue from farmers.

The N-F-U also claims the new law constricts farmers' ability to save and re-use seed by giving plant breeders exclusive rights to authorize all reproduction and conditioning among other things.

Chair Terry Boehm says farmers will end up paying more for seed.

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The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is starting the province's first solar power co-op.

Spokesperson Allyson Brady says the co-op is a way for more people to get involved, with a smaller investment.

She says one solar panel will cost 900 dollars and people will get a yearly rebate for the energy it produces.

They plan to fire up the first solar farm in the Saskatoon area this summer.

 


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