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Agriculture Report

Ladybugs Deployed to Battle Aphids

By Fadi Didi

Officials say the ladybugs will help protect trees and plants from the hungry aphids.


Thousands of ladybugs have been released in Regina's Victoria Park to help fight the growing number of aphids in the city.

Officials say the ladybugs will help protect trees and plants from the hungry aphids.

One adult ladybug can eat up to 50 aphids a day.

A total of 300-thousand ladybugs will be released. It cost the city 15-hundred dollars to bring them in from California.


State officials have ordered the slaughter of nearly 300 hogs at a county fair in Ohio after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu.

A Clinton County fair representative confirmed on Thursday. that hogs had tested positive and would be slaughtered.

Hog breeder Joey Johnson says it's been difficult, especially for children whose animals will be slaughtered.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says when humans are infected with swine flu it's typically transmitted by prolonged exposure to hogs at agricultural fairs.


The Canadian Grain Commission says it will reduce user fees for official grain inspection and weighing services as of August 1st.

Additional fees for overtime related to official grain inspection services are also being eliminated.

The decision to reduce these fees before the end of the current five-year review cycle was made following consultations with stakeholders.

These changes are expected to result in estimated savings of approximately 10 million dollars for the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year based on a projected grain handling volume of 34.4 million metric tonnes.


Tests have concluded that about 200 cattle found dead in a pasture in southwestern Saskatchewan drank toxic water.

Dr. Betty Althouse, the province's chief veterinary officer, says water samples from the pasture's dugout had a sulphate concentration of more than 24,000 milligrams per litre.

Sulphate concentrations over 1,000 milligrams per litre can cause neurological trauma in cattle and can kill at levels over 7,000 milligrams.

Dissolved solids in the water were also extremely high.

Althouse says there can be few signs for several days when animals drink that much salt in water, but then there are a lot of sudden deaths.

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