Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Banner Year for Grain Farmers

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Farm profit workshop tomorrow as grain producers reap profits.


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Another growing your farm profits is planned for tomorrow in Bruce County.

The workshop for farm businesses incorporates self assessment and the development of an action plan  and skill development opportunities to help a person reach their farm's business goals.

Once they complete the workshop, producers will have access to the resources needed to achieve those goals.

Advanced business planning services are available on a cost sharing basis for up to 50 per cent to a maximum of 8 thousand dollars.

Anyone wanting to register for the worship should contact Jayne Detrich at (519) 367-5930

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Farmers have been contracted to grow about 1.1 million acres of Nexera canola this year.

Rick Warren of Dow AgroScience says the majority of Nexera is grown in Western Canada with very small amounts grown in the U-S.

He says Nexera canola's high oleic oil profile gives it an advantage in the food service industry.

He adds it also has stability advantages in products such as margarine since it does not need to be hydrogenated.

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Grape farmers want consumers to buy "true'' Ontario wine.

They say it will give their industry a much-needed boost.

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

Grower David Wiley says he has 500-thousand dollars worth of grapes on his vines that may not find a home because of that law.

He wants labelling at the L-C-B-O to be more clear so people understand when they're really buying local product.

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A banner year for Canadian grain producers.

The Canadian Wheat Board reports the highest wheat exports in nine years.

It exported 18 and a half million tonnes of wheat, durum and barley during the crop year that ends tomorrow.

That's one million tonnes more than last year.

But the board cautions this year will be affected by cold weather, causing all wheat production to drop by 20 per cent.

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Six cattle have died of anthrax this year in Saskatchewan.

Four cases were reported on a farm in Canwood over the past week to 10 days, with another two in the Dinsmore area in late May.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says this is a more normal year for anthrax, with sporadic cases because of dry conditions in some parts of the province.

A record 806 livestock died of anthrax in Saskatchewan three years ago

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A group in the United States says food companies aren't being fair when it comes to pricing.

The Renewable Fuels Association says big food chains have held food prices high -- even though grain, corn and oil values have dropped significantly over the last year.

They say customers continue to pay more for food products, while food processors increase their profit margins.

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An expert from the United Kingdom on the food supply chain says consumers who are looking for food that is healthy and environmentally friendly should consider pulses.

Chris Anstey has completed a paper report for Pulse Canada.

He notes the food industry is responsive to consumers, and there has been a tremendous shift toward sustainability in consumption.

Anstey says farmers should position themselves to help the food industry meet those new demands.

 


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