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Agriculture Report

Turkey Drop Goes Awry

By Fadi Didi

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier says his province's farmers work too hard to see their harvest put at risk by transportation issues that are beyond their control.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture said earlier this month that the federal government isn't paying enough attention to concerns from farmers about a report that calls for major changes to grain rail transportation.

Federal Transport Minister Garneau, meanwhile, has said his officials have met with numerous stakeholders over the past nine months and that he will personally meet with other groups October 20th in Saskatoon.

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Six live turkeys were dropped from a small plane as part of a northwestern Arkansas community's annual tradition, with one of the six apparently dying when it hit the ground.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the turkeys initially dropped straight down for a while before most got their bearings and glided to a landing on Friday.

Animal-welfare groups have condemned the Turkey Trot festival in Yellville, which has been going on for about 50 years, however no protesters were seen.

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Prairie farmers who've been hit with early snow are also facing the prospect of little work in the energy sector.Many Prairie farmers use a steady paycheque from working on drilling rigs to stabilize farm income.

Kevin Neveu of Calgary-based Precision Drilling says farmers are useful because they have experience with mechanical equipment and are resourceful, plus he says they like things to be done in a certain way, which fits the culture of the drilling rig.

Industry forecasts suggest that 2016 will be the worst year for drilling activity in almost four decades in Canada.

Neveu says each idle drilling rig represents about 25 field jobs.

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The B-C Coroners Service says a man from Surrey was killed last week when he got trapped in a mechanical beet-harvesting machine.
   

Officials say 51-year-old Mark Nootebos was part of a crew working on a farm in Surrey when the accident occured on October 6th.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Coroners Service, WorkSafe B-C and the R-C-M-P are all investigating.


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