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Agriculture Report

Young People Want to Get Into Farming

By Fadi Didi

And plenty of older farmers want to see their land farmed by a new generation when they retire.


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The owner of a matchmaking service for farm owners and prospective farmers across Canada says there's no shortage of young people armed with business plans who want to get into farming

Christie Young of Farmlink says there's also plenty of older farmers who want to see their land farmed by a new generation when they retire.

But Young says many farmers have borrowed against the rising value of their farms, which means they need to sell their properties for full market value in order to retire.

Young uses Farmlink to help owners and young farmers set up partnerships that begin years before the owners retire, such as lease-to-own arrangements that can allow a new farmer to start small and expand.

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New Hampshire researchers have figured out how to stretch the strawberry harvest form July to American Thanksgiving.

Researchers with the University of New Hampshire harvested strawberries grown in low tunnels for 19 consecutive weeks.

Now in its second year, the research project by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station is part of a larger, multi-state effort to optimize protected growing environments for berry crops in Northeastern states and the upper Midwest.

Researchers in Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and New York have conducted preliminary research on similar systems.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says some of the people he met during his Calgary Stampede visit on Saturday lightheartedly mentioned a gaffe he made during a Canada Day speech, where he skipped Alberta as he rattled off Canada's provinces and territories.

It was earlier thought that Trudeau would miss the Stampede as it coincided with G20 meetings in Hamburg, Germany, and a U.S. governors' meeting in Rhode Island.

The Stampede is a popular schmoozing event for politicians of all stripes.

Trudeau says he managed to rearrange his schedule for Saturday's whirlwind visit.

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The latest provincial crop report says some crops are showing signs of serious heat stress in southern Saskatchewan.

Provincial crops analyst Shannon Friesen says a few areas received rain this week, but many parts of the south need rain for parched fields.

Friesen says many southern and central areas have had less than 100 millimeters since the start of April.

Other sources of crop damage this week include hail, local flooding, wind and insects like alfalfa weevils, painted lady caterpillars and wheat midge.

Haying is at 24 per cent with yields down as much as 50 per cent because of dry weather. 


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