Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers Concern About Frost

By Fadi Didi

Specialists with Ontario Agriculture want farmers to practice patience when assessing damage.

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Some concern about frost damage among soybean growers in Ontario.

But specialists with Ontario Agriculture suggest growers wait three to five days before assessing damage and watch for new growth.

They say corn planting is essentially completed with soybean planting up to 80 per cent done.

Alfalfa is expected to be ready for first cut within the next week in the south west part of the province.


The Public Health Agency of Canada says it's investigating an outbreak of salmonella in B-C, Alberta and Saskatchewan linked to live chicks from an Alberta hatchery.

34 people reported getting sick between April 5th and May 12th.

Alberta Agriculture is working with the unnamed hatchery to determine the source of the infection, and says the hatchery is sending out letters to its customers who have placed orders for live baby poultry beginning March 1st.

The public health agency says warns people should always wash their hands after handling live birds -- and should never, in their words -- "snuggle or kiss the birds."


Regulators in California have accepted an historic offer by farmers to make a 25 per cent voluntary water cut.

The several hundred farmers made the offer after state officials warned they were days away from ordering some of the first cuts in more than 30 years to the senior water rights holders.

The threat of state cuts is a sign of the worsening impacts of the four-year drought.

The state already has mandated 25 per cent conservation by cities and towns, and curtailed water deliveries to many farmers and communities.


One of the largest fruit farms in the U-S has won a court battle against the United Farm Workers Union.

The 5th District Court of Appeal in California ruled that the law that allows the state to order agricultural unions and farm companies to reach binding labour contracts does not clearly state the standards the contracts are supposed to achieve.

Gerawan Farming had objected to the terms of a deal with the union that was imposed by a labour relations board.

The union plans to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.




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