Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(Sky-Lantern-Ban)

Concerns over livestock and wildlife are partially behind a move to ban candle-powered sky lanterns in Winnipeg.

A city committee will consider an updated fire-prevention bylaw that would ban the sky lanterns, which were originally designed to be released over large bodies of water.

Fire prevention officer Janet Bier says the lanterns can drift long distances and descend before the flames that cause them to rise are extinguished -- which can cause structure fires or grass and tree fires.

Her report also says there have been deaths reported from wildlife and livestock which eat the debris. (CBC Winnipeg)

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(Pulitzer-Prize)

A small Iowa newspaper has won the Pulitzer Prize for taking on powerful agricultural organizations after a water utility sued the paper's home county and two others over farm pollution.

The Storm Lake Times of Iowa and writer Art Cullen won for a series of editorials that challenged powerful agricultural interests in the state.

Cullen owns the newspaper with his brother and says his editorials were about government transparency.

The counties sued by the Des Moines Water Works secretly received money from agriculture groups to fight the lawsuit, and the newspaper pushed in its reporting to lift the veil of secrecy on who was paying to fight the lawsuit. (The Associated Press)

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(Farmland-Values)

Farm Credit Canada's latest Farmland Values Report says average farmland values in Canada continued to climb in 2016.

The average increase was 7.9 per cent last year. That compared to a 10.1 per cent increase the year before.

In six provinces, the average increase in farmland values slowed from the previous year.

And despite the overall national increase, seven of the 51 regions assessed across Canada showed no increase in farmland values in 2016. (The Canadian Press)

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(Nutrition-Bars)

A Saskatoon entrepeneur has started making nutrition bars with chickpeas, lentils, flax, quinoa and Saskatoon berries as the main ingredients. …

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