Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Canadian Bison Industry Going Strong


The value of Canadian bison exports is up 52 per cent.


Wheat industry groups from several countries are voicing their opposition to growing genetically modified wheat.

The National Farmers Union, along with groups in Australia, the U-S and Canada, say lobbyists don't understand the effects it would have on producers.

N-F-U president Terry Bohem says farmers would suffer large revenue losses because the wheat wouldn't be accepted by other markets.

The N-F-U also says farmers would face higher seed and production costs.


Steady prices and strong supply have kept the bison industry going in a positive direction.

New numbers from the Canadian Bison Association indicate demand has increased and the total value of exports has gone up 52 per cent over last year.

The industry is keeping a close eye on the rising Canadian dollar, which affects exports and the bottom line.


Prairies farmers are praying for better weather this month, hoping that their crops will begin to germinate.

Although farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan have managed to put most of their crops in the ground, but some land is so dry, seeds are just laying in dust.

In Manitoba the problem is the opposite -- producers are dealing with too much moisture and low temperatures.

Bruce Burnett, of the Canadian Wheat Board, says the beginning of June is considered late to be planting crops such as wheat, canola and corn.

He says farmers may have to change their plans and plant flax, oats and barley or soy beans instead.


B-C farmers lost about 88 million dollars last year.

The province's agriculture council reports B-C was one of just two Canadian provinces in the red in 2008.

Officials say the province's commodity mix is heavy on beef and hog production -- adding both sectors have fallen on hard times.

A year earlier, farmers in B-C had a 102 million dollar shortfall.


The Manitoba Cattle Producers Association says a level playing field is important for Canada's cattle industry.

The group has told members of Parliament it's important that growing forward programs are rolled out in a consistent manner.

The group argues provincial programs are a step in the wrong direction -- and there needs to be national consistency when dealing with international trading partners.


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