Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Anyone Can Join Pesticide Committee

By Matt Villeneuve

MOE responds to concerns from the Grain Farmers of Ontario about the Pesticide Advisory Committee.


Length: 1:01

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has responded to concerns from the Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The G-F-O has criticized the two recent additions to the Ontario Pesticide Advisory Committee -- both members of the Beekeepers Association.

Chair Mark Brock claims they are both opposed to the use of pesticides on crops.

But Ministry spokesperson Lucas Malinowski says any one can apply to join the Pesticides Advisory Committee.

He adds there is no limit to the number of members who can sit on the committee and new appointees can join at any time.

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Ontario farmers are stepping in to feed Canadians' appetite for hazelnuts as British Columbia deals with a devastating blight.

B-C had Canada's largest hazelnut crop as recently as 2013, but now producers are pulling their diseased crops out of the ground.

One of the largest hazelnut producers in B-C is giving up on its entire crop of eight thousand trees because the Eastern Filbert Blight has spread west.

Ontario hazelnut producers are planting blight-resistant hazelnut trees to make up the difference.

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Our federal government will invest 1.8 million dollars in research aimed at giving potato farmers a technological edge in predicting and preventing yield losses.

Researchers from Canada, France and New Zealand will use new discoveries about potato D-N-A, microbial life in the soil and insect behavior to find better ways to measure the health and quality of potato plants and tubers.

The Canadian potato industry has annual farm and processing sales of more than two billion dollars.

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The effects of brutal hail storms last summer are still being felt at Alberta's largest asparagus farm.

Almost 28 acres of asparagus were crushed by two storms at Edgar Farms near Innisfail, and some tough decisions were made this week.

Elna Edgar says they have decided to not pick from the damaged ferns from last year.

They have also cancelled their annual asparagus festival this year.


 


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