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More from Canadian Poultry | Health | Production May 11, 2012
Tim Hortons announces animal welfare initiatives
Tim Hortons recently announced that it has set a goal of purchasing at least 10 per cent of its eggs, representing significantly more than 10 million eggs, from enriched hen housing systems by the end of 2013. It has also called on the pork industry and its suppliers to eliminate gestation stalls for sows and to develop clear plans and a timeline by the end of the year to phase out these housing systems.
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2011 Census of Agriculture reveals farm numbers shrinking
New census numbers from Statistics Canada show the number of Canadian farms is continuing to shrink as operators consolidate operations. The 2011 census of agriculture shows the number of farms in the country has dropped by about 23,000, or 10.3 per cent, since 2006. At the same time, the number of farm operators fell by 33,135 or 10.1 per cent to 293,925.
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Nova Scotia Agricultural College merges with Dalhousie University
The government of Nova Scotia has introduced legislation to formalize a proposed merger of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and Dalhousie University. In March, the government announced an agreement to merge the two schools in a bid to strengthen the college, which has experienced financial problems in recent years.
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Could air seeding corn be causing a threat to Ontario honeybees
The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association has received numerous reports of honeybees observed to have acute poisoning symptoms. To date, the Ontario Beekeepers Association has had 50-plus reports involving multiple hives per 
location. Anecdotal observations show a strong link to the air seeding of treated corn. In all cases, surrounding fields had been seeded within a day of the observed bee mortality.
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PIC honours UofG researchers
The Poultry Industry Council (PIC) recently honoured three researchers from the University of Guelph with its 2012 Poultry Worker of the Year Award. Dr. Steve Leeson, Dr. Ian Duncan and Daina Hunter, widow of Dr. Bruce Hunter, accepted the award May 8 during a ceremony at the PIC’s Spring Symposium (formerly known as Research Day). The annual Poultry Worker of the Year Award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the poultry industry.
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