Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

No Aid for Hog Producers


Ag Minister says no funding for hog industry.


Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the federal government will not be putting any money into the hog industry.

The Canadian Pork Council has asked Ottawa for a 30-dollar a head payment to help the industry out of its slump.

Ritz says a per head payment does not and cannot work in today's trade environment.

Ritz says the government will do everything to keep the hog industry liquid as it waits for better days -- adding pork producers will benefit from a 50 million dollar program for expanding slaughterhouse capacity.


The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency has increased tag remittance fees charged to manufacturers to 60 cents from 20 cents per tag.

This is the first increase in the 10 year history of the agency.

Since 1998, the system has grown exponentially in its complexity and in industry's reliance on it to support commerce and market access.

The agency says it has seen a tremendous positive response to its animal identification and traceability initiative.


The Energrow Demonstration Facility and the Canadian International Grains Institute is hosting a workshop in Perth County.

It's called a Soybean Value Adding workshop and it takes place today and tomorrow.

It will give farmers a hands on approach to using the bioproducts meal and oil as well as using on-farm oil pressing and making biodiesel.


Agrium says it anticipates a profitable year ahead despite a first-quarter loss driven by weak demand for potash.

The Calgary-based fertilizer giant reports a net loss of 60 million dollars for the quarter ended in March.

The results compare to 195 million dollars in profit a year earlier.


Several farm groups have released an interim study on Ottawa's plan to reform the Canada Grain Act.

One of the proposed key changes is the removal of bonding requirements for grain companies.

Farmers would no longer be guaranteed payment for their grain in the event of bankruptcy.

There are 4 options to replace bonding and farm groups will consult with their members and then pick the best one to recommend to the government.


A Canadian Wheat Board director is urging the agency to open up the market for barley growers.

Jeff Nielson was elected about 6 months ago.

He says the board does not have the support of farmers when it comes to barley and he hopes a new survey will mirror earlier numbers.

Nielson argues removing barley from the single desk doesn't mean the board can't continue to sell it.


Genetically modified wheat may soon be a mainstay in grain fields across the country.

Representatives from the wheat industry in Canada, the U-S and Australia plan to work together to commercialize biotech traits in wheat crops.

Wheat industry officials say wheat is suffering because of competition of other commodities that have the advantage of genetic modifications.


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