Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Plenty of Farm Meetings


Farmers to attend meetings in Mount Forest, Elmwood and London.


Farmers will not only be busy at work this week -- but they will also attend a number of meetings this week.

There is a Grain Drying Workshop tomorrow at the Pike Lake Golf Course in Mount Forest.

There is also a Profitable Pastures workshop at the Elmwood Community Centre tomorrow.

Today marks the opening of the 68th annual meeting for Ontario Pork.

Chair Curtiss Littlejohn will talk about the implementation of their marketing plan at the London Convention Centre.

Then the 9th annual Swine Conference begins tomorrow -- where the focus will be on the implementation of new technologies in commercial pork production.


The federal government is putting another 40 million dollars into a program to combat diseases in hogs and provide stability for the sector.

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Pierre Lemieux says Canada's hog industry has been severely affected by diseases.

He says the money will help the industry develop and implement biosecurity best management practices, research projects and long-term disease risk management solutions.

It's the second part of a 76 million-dollar, four-year initiative that was announced in August 2007.


Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the appointment of Phil Klassen as a member of the National Farm Products Council.

Ritz says thanks to his over three decades of farming experience, as well as his strong background in producer organizations, Mr. Klassen will be an able addition to the Council in its ongoing work.

The NFPC plays a key role in the supply management system for poultry and eggs.

The Council supervises the operations of the four national marketing agencies that manage the supply of Canadian chicken, turkey, eggs, and broiler-hatching eggs.

These agencies implement and administer marketing plans, allocate production quotas and generate their revenues through levies.

In addition, the Council supervises the operation of the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency.


The Canadian Wheat Board says the flooding in the Red River Valley is causing a shift in planting intentions.

Market analyst Kaitlin Hodgins says there likely will be an increase in soybean acres and a drop in wheat acres mainly due to planting delays.

She notes the flooding, coupled with a lack of moisture in western Texas, Oklahoma and western Kansas, is causing some concern about new crop conditions in North America.


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