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Agriculture Report

Big farm meetings this week


Farmers to lead economic recovery.


New information showing how Canadians view farming and how farmers can lead our economic recovery and feed the world will be released at a meeting in Guelph this week.

Two farm organizations, the Ontario Farm Animal Council  and Agricultural Groups Concerned about Resources and the Environment will co-host a thought-provoking speakers' forum on Thursday,  that will feature three keynote presentations.

Chrystal Mackay, Executive Director of OFAC says the three speakers will focus on changing attitudes and changing science that affects how we farm and eat in Canada and around the world.

Colin Siren, a Senior Researcher with Ipsos Reid will release the results of a Canada-wide poll on public attitudes towards food,farming and farmers.

Dan Murphy, journalist and agricultural consultant from Washington State will talk about the tactics that agriculture can apply to communicating about the issues of the day.

Bryan Weech, Director of Livestock with the World Wildlife Fund in Texas will bring a different perspective to the discussion of how farmers can feed the world.


The Lamb producers association is holding a meeting today.

It takes place at 7:30 PM at the Bluevale Community Hall.

Guest speaker is Chris Boettcher who has an organic grain farm near Brussels.


Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Canada is prepared to resurrect its World Trade Organization challenge to U-S Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling rules once such action becomes necessary.

Following the release of the final rule for Mandatory labelling, Ottawa shelved its request for formal consultations with the U-S over the legislation under the W-T-O dispute setting mechanism.

But Ritz says comments by the U-S agriculture secretary regarding additional "voluntary labelling'' are causing more anxiety than even he had anticipated.

He notes, having said that, Canada's challenge will move forward when the time is right.


Farm equipment maker Deere and Company says it will lay off an additional 325 workers at 2 plants in Iowa this month because of weak demand for construction and forestry equipment.

The world's largest maker of farm machinery says 220 employees will be laid off at a plant in Dubuque and 105 in Davenport.

It says employees were notified Friday of the layoffs to take effect March 30th.

The job cuts are in addition to 388 layoffs previously announced at the two plants.


U-S fertilizer company C-F Industries Holdings has rejected a hostile takeover offer from Calgary-based Agrium.

C-F calls Agrium's 3.6 billion dollar offer grossly inadequate and says it will pursue a business combination with American rival Terra Industries.

Agrium is one of Canada's largest fertilizer producers and marketers.


The global economic downturn will likely have an impact on grain prices in the new crop year, which begins August 1st.

The Canadian Wheat Board released its first Pool Return Outlook for the 2009-2010 growing season.

Price projections are down about 1 dollar and 25 cents for malting barley, 40 cents for red spring wheat and one dollar and 55 cents a bushel for durum.


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