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Agriculture Report

Fertilizing Training For Farmers

By Fadi Didi

Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed it.


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Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed training that will be required for putting fertilizer on fields.

But they say many more face a September deadline to finish the program aimed at combating the toxic algae fouling Lake Erie.

State lawmakers put the measure in place in 2014, just months before algae in Lake Erie contaminated the drinking water for more than 400-thousand people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan.

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A mobile grain safety demonstration and training unit is operating at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon this year.

Glenn Bahey, a safety specialist with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, says the response from the public has been positive.

The demonstration uses a dummy and a bin of grain to demonstrate how a person can be submerged under grain in a matter of seconds.

The program is the first of its kind in Canada.

It is designed to bring rescue training to first responders, educate the public about the dangers of moving grain and will be used to provide emergency plan training to workplaces.

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Saskatchewan's agriculture minister has announced nearly 7.7 million dollars in federal-provincial funding for 46 crop-related research projects.

Lyle Stewart says the funding is through the province's Agriculture Development Fund.

The 46 projects are wide-ranging and include research on improving plant breeding technology to deal with fusarium head blight in wheat, improving loss-monitors for harvest and developing a pulse-based replacement for shortening to be used in baked goods.

On top of the government funding, various farm organizations are providing 3.7 million dollars for agriculture research.

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Suitable homes are being sought for the animals that are being used by the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, which is closing permanently in May.

Spokesman Kenneth Field says that includes lions, tigers, horses, camels and llamas.

The company has cited falling ticket sales, high operating costs and changing public tastes in entertainment for the decision to shut down the circus.

Last year, after a long and costly legal battle, the company removed its iconic elephants from circus shows and sent them to live on a conservation farm in central Florida.
 

 


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