Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Good News For Farmers


More money for agricultural environmental projects.


Ottawa and the province have moved to extend funding for environmental farm programs.

Grey County Agricultural Representative Ray Robertson says they have just received word of 42 million dollars for the Growing Forward Environment and Climate Change program for the next four years.

The program will be delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

Robertson says the program has been expanded this time around to cover more areas of agricultural improvements.

He adds this program is on a cost sharing basis with the government providing anything from 30 to 50 per cent funding for certain projects.

Robertson says funding will be handed out on a first come basis.


Liberal Agriculture critic Wayne Easter says if immediate cash does not become available to hog producers within six weeks, half the hog industry in Canada will be lost.

Wayne Easter says the hog sector is facing a grim future.

He lists early retirement packages, sow buyouts, transfers to the provinces and changes to reference margins in Agristability as some options that the federal government has for helping hog producers through the current crisis.


The chairman of the Canadian Wheat Board says the latest ruling from the Federal Court of Appeal on the issue of a government gag order muddies the water of who controls the board.

Larry Hill says the decision runs contrary to the views of western farmers.

The court struck down a gag order imposed on the board by the Conservative government.

Hill says the board of directors will decide sometime within a month whether to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.


The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned a decision that struck down a gag order imposed on the Canadian Wheat Board by the Conservative government.

A year ago, a federal court in Winnipeg ruled the Harper government had contravened the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it ordered the wheat board not to publicly defend its barley marketing monopoly.

Earlier this week the federal Appeal Court overturned that ruling.

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association said it's pleased with the decision.

But Liberal agriculture critic Wayne Easter said this should alarm wheat board supporters, adding in times of economic uncertainty, the board has provided farmers with security.


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