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Agriculture Report

Plans Set for NFU Meeting

By Fadi Didi

Several speakers will be part of agenda for NFU convention in London.


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The plans are set for the national convention of the National Farmers Union.

The annual meeting will be held in London from November 26th to 28th.

The theme this year is Soil: Our Common Ground.

There will also be presentations on supply management, soil-related water issues, prairie grain marketing and transportation, and the challenges faced by young and new farmers in Canada.

The key speakers will include Michigan farmer Jeff Rasawehr talking about cover crops and Alberta farmer Peter Eggers speaking on healthy soil chemistry.

Soil policy issues will be addressed by retired University of Manitoba instructor Gary Martens -- as well as Doreen Stabinsky, A professor of Global Environmental Politics -- and Alberta-based beef producer Blake Hall.

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A refinery designed to make ethanol from cornstalks, leaves and cobs instead of the grain itself has opened in Iowa.

The DuPont plat will use the same bacteria that tequila distillers use to make ethanol -- instead of yeast which is most prevalent in the ethanol industry.

The plant's ethanol also will go into Tide laundry detergent, replacing the corn-based ethanol long used to stabilize the detergent formula and enhance washing performance.

DuPont expects the plant to eventually make 30 million gallons of the fuel additive a year.

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An energy company in Alberta has been ordered to truck water to a family dairy farm where groundwater has been contaminated by chemicals from a nearby gas plant.

The Alberta Energy Regulator ruled Bonavista Energy must truck enough water to the Saken dairy farm for the family, their employees and their herd.

The family's wells have been contaminated by sulfolane -- a solvent used in treating sour gas -- that has seeped from a plant Bonavista bought from Suncor in 2010.

The company has since drilled the family a new well, but that water is highly alkaline and has heavy concentrations of flouride.

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Dairy cows don't care if the clocks go back -- they still want to be milked on time.

Tim Penner of Benner Holsteins in Manitoba says the cows normally follow a strict routine with milkings at 6 in the morning and 5 at night.

When the clocks changed on Sunday, they got milked at 5:30 in the morning, which would feel like 6:30 to the cows.

That way, they're eased into the change over two days.

 

 


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