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  • Harper Government Helping Farmers Drive Economic Growth and Prosperity for all Canadians

    November 29, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 29, 2011 – Innovation and market access remain the most important tools to driving growth and prosperity for farmers and producers in Canada. Today, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz addressed the grain industry at Grow Canada Conference 2011 to emphasize the Harper Government’s commitment to helping the Canadian agriculture industry remains competitive in the global market.
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  • Province Pledges Better Farmland Protection

    November 28, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    After years of cuts left the Agricultural Land Commission struggling to do its job, the province is now providing a $1.6-million cash injection as part of a broader plan to bolster protection of scarce farmland. The ALC will get an extra $600,000 for the rest of this fiscal year and an extra $1 million for 2012, supplementing its $1.9-million budget, which had been slashed by more than a third since 2002.
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  • Government of Canada Helps Raise Western Canada's Agricultural Profile Abroad

    November 25, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Regina, Saskatchewan, November 25, 2011 - Western Canadian farmers will benefit from increased sales and enhanced competitiveness in overseas markets thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today investments of over $690,000 to the livestock and forage sectors at Canadian Western Agribition.
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  • Of Chickens, Trees and Fruit

    November 24, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Taking a break from the community gardens, apiaries and urban farms that increasingly dot the North Shore landscape, local greenthumbs gathered for the annual Table Matters event late last month.Held at the Chief Joe Mathias Centre, Table Matters is a discussion focused on the growing world of urban agriculture in the area.
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  • Celebrating the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers

    November 22, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Brandon, Manitoba, November 18, 2011 – Young farmers are the future of Canada’s agriculture industry and the Government of Canada is working to make sure that future is bright. Today, David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary for the Canadian Wheat Board, spoke at the Canadian Outstanding Young Farmers Program (COYFP) National Event and reiterated the Government’s commitment to creating a stronger agriculture industry so young farmers can succeed and continue to drive Canada’s economy.
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  • Farm-City Week Focuses on 'Harvesting' Healthy Food Choices

    November 21, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Volunteers across Alabama are tackling the obesity epidemic this month by promoting healthy food choices during National Farm-City Week Nov. 18-24. Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms said this year's theme, "Harvesting Healthy Choices," is an opportunity to correct the myth that modern agriculture – rather than lifestyle choices — is to blame for America's expanding waistline.
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  • A New Level of Education in Aquaponics

    November 18, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Aquaponics, an innovative method of agriculture that combines aquaculture and hydroponics, has garnered international attention as people around the world look for sustainable, efficient and highly productive methods of growing fresh food.
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  • Urban Farming Grows in Detroit

    November 17, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Detroit is a U.S. city that has been hit hard by poverty and dilapidation in recent decades. But its citizens are working on a grassroots strategy to rejuvenate their city with urban farming. Urban farms and gardens are popping up all over the city.
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  • Turning New Ideas into Competitive Advantage for Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector

    November 16, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    The Government of Canada is investing in long-term growth and competitiveness of Canada's agricultural and agri-food sector. Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, announced today, at the same time as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in Regina, a $50 million investment that will boost the development and commercialization of innovative new products, technologies and processes in the agricultural sector.
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  • Can You Dig It! Recognized for Building Inclusion Through Innovation

    November 15, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    VANCOUVER - In 20 gardens throughout Metro Vancouver, there is more than food growing. The spaces, tended by people who have a disability and new immigrants, transform unsightly and unused plots of land into vibrant gardens that do produce fresh fruits and vegetables. But the real harvest is more inclusive communities.
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