CONCERNS RAISED ABOUT MYCOTOXINS . . . FINDING ENOUGH PICKERS A CONCERN FOR CB STRAWBERRY PRODUCERS . . . GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN: FDA THREATENS BREWERS’ FEED FOR FARMERS . . . SMALL FARM EXPO NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION . . .
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CONCERNS RAISED ABOUT MYCOTOXINS
A North America-wide storage survey by a major animal health company suggests producers should be particularly mindful of mycotoxin contamination in their feed. The findings from Alltech’s storage survey, which ran from last September through to this month, shows an increase in mycotoxin risk in feedstuffs and complete feeds. The mycotoxins present can have effects on dry matter intake, milk production, milk components, rumen function, gut health, organ health, and immune response. (read more)
FINDING ENOUGH PICKERS A CONCERN FOR CAPE BRETON STRAWBERRY PRODUCERS
Source: Cape Breton Post
The strawberry fields are full of blossoms, but getting enough pickers could put a damper on the season for local producers. “It’s a struggle each year,” said Boularderie farmer Eddie Rendell. “We have about 20 acres, but are going to have to cut back if we don’t get the workers.” (read more)
GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN: FDA THREATENS BREWERS’ FEED FOR FARMERS
Want to infuriate the entire brewing industry? Start poking around its trash. That's what the Food and Drug Administration discovered when it threatened to dramatically affect how breweries use their spent grain. Last fall, the FDA proposed a new role: facilities producing feed for animals should be subject to regulations similar to those in food manufacturing. Any facility producing animal feed would be required to produce a written plan to identify and minimize contamination. (read more)
SMALL FARM EXPO NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
Registration is now open for 2014’s celebration of small-scale farming in Nova Scotia, which has been renamed the Small Farm Expo! Join us on Monday, July 28 at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton, for another great day of farmer-led workshops and demonstrations. The Small Farm Expo is held in a different region of the province each year and features experienced farmers, mainly from the host region, presenting workshops on areas of interest for small-scale farmers. This year’s speaker line-up consists of nearly all Cape Breton-based farmers and we’re thrilled to give them the opportunity to share their expertise and experiences with up-and-coming farmers. (read more)
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
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