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Agriculture Report

Wet Farming Conditions

By Fadi Didi

The wet season is taking its toll on farmers in Ontario.


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The wet season is taking its toll on farmers in Ontario.

Rainfall during the 2017 growing season is up more than 100 millimetres since last year, at roughly 384 millimetres.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture Director Patrick Jilesen says issues with the weather have been ongoing.

Unfortunately for farmers in Midwestern Ontario, only once this season has the weather gone more than two days without precipitation.

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Southgate in southern Grey county, is concerned about a jump in livestock kills by coyotes.
    
Last month alone there were four calves and one lamb killed by coyotes for a total value of 45-hundred dollars.
    
Southgate CAO Dave Milliner says that's unusually high.
    
Councillor Dale Pallister says the coyotes are getting extremely bold and he warns residents to take extra caution with small children.
    
It is also being suggested that farmers bring animals close to buildings when they are calving or lambing.

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Canada's agriculture ministers signed a three-billion-dollar partnership with Ottawa at the close of two days of meetings in St. John's on Friday.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is intended to help the 100-billion-dollar sector come up with innovations to boost productivity, develop new trading partners and mitigate environmental issues.

There are six key components, including science and research, market development, environmental sustainability and risk management.

The five-year plan comes into effect on April 1, 2018.
 


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