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Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Farmland Value Keeps Growing

By Fadi Didi

Farm Credit Canada's latest Farmland Values Report.


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Farm Credit Canada's latest Farmland Values Report says average farmland values in Canada continued to climb in 2016.

The average increase was 7.9 per cent last year. That compared to a 10.1 per cent increase the year before.

In six provinces, the average increase in farmland values slowed from the previous year.

And despite the overall national increase, seven of the 51 regions assessed across Canada showed no increase in farmland values in 2016.

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U.S. officials have temporarily stopped the use of predator-killing cyanide traps in Idaho after one sickened a young boy and killed his dog last month after they checked it out.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it had halted all use of the traps on state, federal and private land in Idaho in response to a petition from 19 conservation and wildlife groups.

The spring-activated devices called M-44s look like water sprinkler heads and are embedded in the ground.

They spray cyanide powder when triggered by animals.

The boy was hurt and his Labrador retriever died in March on federally-owned land near the boy's house.
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Thanks to the efforts of grade 10 student Ethan Elliott, Stratford is Ontario's newest Bee City.

The designation means a greater commitment to protecting pollinators and starting a public dialogue about their importance.

Elliott has always been passionate about nature and was concerned about protecting bees.

As a member of Ontario Nature's Youth Council, he saw great educational potential in Stratford becoming a Bee City.

The council's mission is to build a diverse provincial network of youth dedicated to inspiring, connecting and educating our communities while protecting wildlife.

Ninety percent of the world's wild plants depend on pollinators to reproduce and one in three bites of food we eat is thanks to pollinators.

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Concerns over livestock and wildlife are partially behind a move to ban candle-powered sky lanterns in Winnipeg.

A city committee will consider an updated fire-prevention bylaw that would ban the sky lanterns, which were originally designed to be released over large bodies of water.

Fire prevention officer Janet Bier says the lanterns can drift long distances and descend before the flames that cause them to rise are extinguished -- which can cause structure fires or grass and tree fires.

Her report also says there have been deaths reported from wildlife and livestock which eat the debris.


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