Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(Florida-Fruit)

Florida fruit growers have just barely begun to assess the damage Hurricane Irma wrought on the state's citrus, sugar cane and vegetable crops but they expect it will be significant.

With power and communications still out across much of Florida, officials say getting a full picture will take weeks.

Florida's orange harvest usually begins around Thanksgiving, and about 90 per cent of it becomes juice.

Initial reports indicate Irma's winds knocked lot of fruit to the ground but uprooted relatively few trees, which will help growers in the long term. (The Associated Press)

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(Barn-Restoration)

A small Mennonite community in Manitoba is getting a big boost from Parks Canada.

The village of Neubergthal will see a 560-thousand dollar matching grant to help restore the Klippenstein house barn, a historic structure in the community about 95 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

Ray Hamm with the Neubergthal Heritage Foundation says it's believed that several families settled near Steinbach but then moved to get better farmland, and took the barn with them.

Neuburgthal is already a national historic site, recognized as one of the first agricultural settlements in the Canadian Prairies after Confederation. (CBC Manitoba)

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(Species-at-Risk)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has found ten species at risk on its large Wideview Complex, a three-thousand-acre land acquisition in southwest Saskatchewan near Grasslands National park.

The biological study found the presence of threatened birds like the common nighthawk, loggerhead shrike and Sprague's Pipit.

Nighthawks eat a variety of insects and can consume 500 mosquitoes a day.

The Wideview complex conservation project is due in part to support from the federal and provincial governments. (CKRM)

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(Agrium-Potash-Merger)

Potash Corp and Agrium say they have secured Canadian Competition Bureau approval of their friendly merger. …

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