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Wayne Black's Blog – September 2009 Archive (2)

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This past summer has been an interesting one along the lakeshore. Living and farming in the Ashfield Twp area is particularly interesting each summer due to the influx of tourists that bring their stress and frustrations to the lakeshore for some quality recharge time. Smooth washing waves, romantic sunsets, green fields of crops, quiet countryside and tourist events.

In order to keep them coming some people suggest we need to improve our environmental standards when it comes to water… Continue

Added by Wayne Black on September 26, 2009 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

REACH Grand Opening Gala and Open House

This past week I was fortunate enough to participate in two events at the new Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron. The first was the "black tie" Gala for invited guests in the new Riding Arena on Thursday night. A great list of sponsors made it a fabulous entertaining night that people will be talking about for quite a while. Not very often something like this happens in Huron County. The REACH staff made sure everything was as close to perfect as possible. It was also quite… Continue

Added by Wayne Black on September 12, 2009 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments

Agriculture Headlines from Farms.com Canada East News - click on title for full story

Judge Denies Restraining Order in Labor Dispute Involving Tennessee Pork Company

A federal judge has denied the U.S. Department of Labor’s request for a temporary restraining order against Tosh Farms, a pork company based in Henry, Tennessee, accused of retaliating against employees who questioned their pay.

Swaggerty’s Farm Expands Tennessee Plant to Double Production Capacity

Swaggerty’s Farm, a family-owned pork sausage maker, is set to expand its production capacity for the second time in four years at its headquarters in eastern Tennessee. The company announced plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot facility that will significantly boost output.

USDA awards $22.2 million to protect animal health

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is awarding more than $22.2 million to enhance prevention, preparedness, early detection, and rapid response to the most damaging diseases that threaten US livestock, according to a recent government-issued press release. 

Lean hog futures close mixed - CME

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) live cattle futures ended mixed on Friday, amid growing uncertainty over packer interest after the US Memorial Day holiday weekend, Reuters reported, citing traders.

Small-scale swine disease surveillance project launched in Alberta, Canada

“This project is very similar to the Small Flock Disease Investigation Program but is designed to target swine producers, both small-scale domestic and wild boar producers, who have 10 sows or fewer, or who market 100 pigs or fewer per year,”

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