Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Wildfires In BC

By Fadi Didi

Thousands of people have been displaced by wildfires..


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Thousands of people have been displaced by wildfires in British Columbia, but the flames have also forced livestock left behind to flee beyond their enclosures.

R-C-M-P Corporal Janelle Shoihet says officers are patrolling communities and helping to guide livestock back to where they belong whenever possible.

She says officers have also been in contact with the B.C. S-P-C-A to get animals more adequate support.

In a few cases where the S-P-C-A wasn't available immediately, Shoihet says officers have fed their lunches to animals to ensure they weren't hungry.

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A dispute over the weed killer dicamba is turning neighbour against neighbour across much of farm country in the U-S.

Concern about the herbicide drifting onto unprotected fields has spawned lawsuits and prompted Arkansas and Missouri to impose temporary bans on dicamba.

The furor is even suspected as a factor in the death of a soybean farmer who was allegedly shot by a worker from a nearby farm where the chemical had been sprayed.

Dicamba has been around for decades, but problems arose over the past couple of years as farmers began to use it on soybean and cotton fields where they planted new seeds engineered to be resistant to the herbicide.

Because it can easily evaporate after being applied, the chemical sometimes settles onto neighbouring fields.

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Saskatchewan farmers are voicing their concerns about the North American Free Trade Agreement ahead of next month's negotiations.

They're worried after the U.S. released their list of goals for the negotiations, which included better access to Canadian markets for American wheat and dairy products.

Farmer Marty Falconer says it felt like the markets were balancing out, and the negotiations have created uncertainty.

Other farmers are worried about who will be at the negotiating table. Chris Bryden, who farms near Nipawin, isn't sure about President Trump, saying he's definitely a wild card.

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Agriculture officials say a rarely seen form of mad cow disease has been found in Alabama.

A statement from state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy was confirmed in an 11-year-old beef cow.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says this only the fifth case of the atypical form of the disease being confirmed in the United States.

McMillan says the animal was discovered during routine screening at a livestock market. The cow wasn't slaughtered and its meat didn't enter the food chain.
 

 


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