Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Less Paperwork for Farmers


Federal government takes steps to reduce paperwork.


The federal government is taking steps to reduce the paperwork for farmers and small businesses by 20 per cent.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the move will ensure farmers and other agribusinesses can focus time on their operations rather than on red tape.

The 13 agencies and departments involved include Agriculture Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Grain Commission.

The agencies will streamline regulations, remove duplicate requirements and decrease the frequency of document filing.


Wheat prices are up eight dollars a tonne for all grades and classes in the Canadian Wheat Board's latest price outlook.

The board says new crop year durum values are three dollars lower.

Malting barley has declined by eight dollars from the February outlook.

Feed wheat, feed barley and Number 5 durum are all unchanged from last month.


One of Western Canada's largest agricultural events is set to get underway in Brandon, Manitoba.

The 102nd Royal Manitoba winter fair begins today.

Spokeswoman Karen Oliver says the horse show is looking good with more horse jumping entries than ever before.

Last year's fair attracted more than 118-thousand visitors.


Canadian researchers are discovering that oils derived from cinnamon and cloves do more than taste and smell good -- they can also fight food-borne diseases, such as E. coli and salmonella.

This natural ability of some ancient natural oils are showing promise in finding alternatives to antibiotics used in animal feed.

Bacterial pathogens are a common and ongoing concern in animal health and welfare as well as food safety.

Consumers have expressed concerns that the use of dietary antibiotics in food animal production may contribute to wide-spread antibiotic resistance.


A new tractor driving simulator developed at the University of Manitoba is helping researchers.

The simulator has been an aid in improving the ergonomic design of self-propelled farm equipment equipped with G-P-S technology.

The application of G-P-S to agriculture has resulted in the introduction of several new technologies -- including auto-steer systems intended to help drivers minimize driving errors.


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