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Country 105


Agriculture Report

Bird Flu Hits Southern USA

By Fadi Didi

Bird flu has now been confirmed in three Southern states, but officials say the nation's poultry supply isn't at risk.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that it's temporarily banning the transportation of poultry after a form of the disease was found in a commercial flock of 22,000 hens in western Kentucky.

The state says the farm was placed under quarantine and the birds were killed.

The announcement came as the state of Alabama confirmed the presence of the same form of bird flu in two flocks there.
 
Another form of the poultry illness was previously detected in Tennessee.
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Canada produces less than half of the lamb and mutton required by the domestic market and now the sheep sector wants to attract new producers to reduce imports from New Zealand and Australia.

Statistics Canada reports the sheep population fell 1.4 per cent last year. Two of the three higher producing provinces, Quebec and Alberta, saw declines. However, there were gains in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Both Prairie provinces are now making concerted efforts to grow the sheep population with new ventures.

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Monsanto Canada has announced that a total of 65 scholarships worth 15-hundred dollars each will be awarded to Grade 12 students across the country.

Young people persuing post-secondary education in agriculture or food studies are eligible, including nutrition or the culinary arts.

Up to 25 scholarships will be offered to students from non-farm backgrounds.

All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges with scholarship winners announced in September.

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A New Brunswick woman has launched a campaign to end a pig-chasing tradition at a rural fair in Prince Edward Island where children are encouraged to chase the swine as they scramble around an enclosed pen.

Melodie Robb's change.org petition had nearly 28 hundred signatures by Tuesday afternoon/

It calls for an end to the event at the Prince Edward Island Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair, held in late August in Dundas.

She said in an email that the pig chases in penned areas raise the risk of the animals suffering broken shoulders and legs, and cause unnecessary distress.
 

 


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