Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Swine Cull Program Expands

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Federal cull breeding program now retroactive to August 2007.


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The Canadian Pork Council is advising eligible producers to apply quickly for compensation under the extended federal cull breeding swine program.

The program targeted a 10 per cent reduction of the national breeding herd.

Originally -- animals culled between November 1st, 2007 and November 30th, 2008 were eligible for payments.

But the retroactive portion has been extended to include breeding swine culled between August 1st and October 31st, 2007.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says he has had to cancel a trade mission to China because the Liberal Opposition won't take part.

Ritz says he was scheduled to be in Beijing for a week to resolve agricultural trade issues and create opportunities for farmers.

He says when a federal cabinet minister travels internationally while Parliament is in session -- it is standard procedure for an Opposition member to join the mission to ensure any parliamentary votes are balanced.

The Liberals refused to send an M-P on the trip.

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Agriculture Canada says protectionist subsidies like those imposed by the United States are hurting Canadian farmers.

The Agri-food Canada Trade Alliance is supporting calls for more liberal free trade and the elimination of protectionist subsidies.

It says Canada's farm sector is greatly dependent on trade and the industry will suffer severe economic losses unless a new World Trade Organization agreement is reached.

The W-T-O ranks Canada as the 4th largest agriculture and agri-food exporter in the world.

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The Canadian Wheat Board is predicting wheat sales will be down.

But it also predicts durum sales will be up to U-S and Canadian processors by 3 to 5 per cent this year. 

The U-S durum crop was smaller last year and there has been good demand from American processors for Canadian durum.

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The Canadian Wheat Board will continue to pay incentives to farmers who produce low-protein barley.

Farmers who grow barley with less than 12 and a half per cent protein will receive a premium payment.

Payments start at one dollar a tonne and can reach up to 5 dollars a tonne for barley with protein levels below 11 per cent.

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Grain farmers could see more money in their pockets thanks to advanced weather monitoring at shipping ports.

The Canadian Wheat Board has teamed up with agriculture giant Richardson International to install weather bugs at shipping ports.

They are located in Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Vancouver and Sorel, Quebec.

Officials feel knowing the weather at international ports will allow shipments to be more efficient and on time -- and raise income for farmers.

Shipping delays and weather problems are estimated to cost the farm sector millions of dollars each year.

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A group called the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is calling on the province to make some changes to wine regulations to help Ontario grape growers.

Under Ontario law -- wine can be labelled as "cellared in Canada'' if it contains up to 70 per cent foreign grapes or grape product.

But the group wants that lowered to 50 per cent.

The group also wants the province to increase marketing efforts of V-Q-A 100 per cent Ontario grape wines sold at the L-C-B-O.

 


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