Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Help for Hog Producers


Ag Minister will soon respond to request for hog funding.


Canadian hog producers should find out soon what help they will receive from the federal government to help restructure their industry.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the federal government will soon respond to a request from the Canadian Pork Council.

The industry has asked government for up to one billion dollars in loans to help producers adjust to the new economic realities.

The plan calls for a downsized industry that includes fewer exports of live hogs to the United States, increased pork consumption in Canada and a reduction in annual Canadian pig production to 25.5 million hogs from 31 million in 2008.


The Canadian Cattleman's Association wants to see new forms of disaster relief.

The association wants farmers to have access to immediate cash assistance, tax deferrals, and forage assistance when natural disaster strikes.

The group is encouraging the provinces and Ottawa to adopt the approach as a national recovery program.


Milling industry representatives from around the world are in Manitoba for the Canadian International Grain Institute's 42nd international industry program.

The program aims to improve overall understanding of Canadian grain and the Canadian grain industry.

Antonina Sio of San Miguel Mills in the Philippines says she has gained a stronger appreciation of the quality of Canadian grain.


A bit of relief for parts of west-central Saskatchewan which is in the middle of a drought zone.

Some areas received large amounts of rain between Monday afternoon and yesterday morning.

Dennis Gintaut, reeve of the Rural Municipality of Progress, says there is some standing water, but it will all soak in.

He says while it would have been better to get the rain in June, it will be good for next year.

Dale Thompson, assistant administrator for the Rural Municipality of Biggar, says the moisture will definitely help pastures and hayland.

Crop development is at least 10 days behind normal.


Canola crops in Manitoba have rebounded nicely since being hampered by cooler spring temperatures.

Elgin-area producer Rob Pettinger says growth is still about two weeks behind schedule, but things are improving.

He says this year's crop should turn out nicely providing there isn't an early fall frost.


A flax plant in Brandon, Manitoba may soon be back in business.

The 70-thousand-square-foot Shape Foods plant has been sold and C-E-O Jim Downey hopes it will be back up and running in September.

Former employees have already been contacted to see if they would return.

The 30 million-dollar oilseed crushing company opened in 2006 and went into receivership last year.


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