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Grazier Neil Dennis indicates what he looks for in animal manure to help determine the health of pasture soil.

Clues to soil health lie in the patties

If you want a quick indicator of pasture soil health, just flip the flops. “When I am in my pastures I will flip the cow patties over and I want to see as many holes as I can because that is a sign of fertility,” Dave Pogson, a grazier from Clearwater told the recent Manitoba […] Read More


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Japan lifts block on B.C. poultry

Tokyo | Reuters –– Japan’s farm ministry on Friday partially lifted a ban on imports of live poultry and poultry meat from Canada and the U.S. following an outbreak of bird flu. Imports from British Columbia and from eight U.S. states — Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Kansas, Arkansas, Montana and Indiana — will resume after […] Read More





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Farm kids: Don’t worry about wages

A new study by Cornell University agricultural economists says family members who work on the family dairy farm make $22,000 less annually than comparable hired managers, but are handsomely compensated with “socioemotional” wealth. “While $22,000 seems like a large penalty, there are non-financial rewards they experience working for the family business,” Loren Tauer, professor at […] Read More

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U.S. livestock: Wall Street surge rallies CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Thursday, prodded by the stock market comeback as data showed better-than-expected second-quarter U.S. economic growth, traders said. Renewed consumer confidence in the economy could support demand for U.S. goods, including meat, they said. Short-covering and bargain hunting furthered CME live cattle market advances […] Read More



Using Twitter to promote a safe harvest

Syngenta will be sharing daily harvest safety tips on Twitter using the hashtag #SafeHarvest from August 1 to October 31. The tweets will include links to farm safety videos, articles and websites. The company is asking farmers to consider retweeting these safety messages to your fellow farmers. “Social media such as Twitter provides an excellent […] Read More



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U.S. ends avian flu-related limits on Ont. poultry

Reuters — The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday lifted restrictions on imports of poultry and poultry products from Ontario in the latest sign the farm sector is starting to recover from a severe outbreak of bird flu. USDA limited imports from Ontario in April after a highly pathogenic (“high-path”) strain of H5N2 avian flu was […] Read More