Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Bison Market Suffering


Too much supply continues to hurt bison markets.


There will be a local flavour to this year's International Plowing Match in Temiskaming.

Camille Black will represent the North Grey Plowman's Association and compete for the title of Ontario Queen of the Furrow.

Black -- who grew up on a farm in Markdale -- says there are several steps in the competition.

Black will compete against 31 other girls for the crown.

The plowing match in Temiskaming starts today.


Too much supply continues to hurt bison markets.

Rising inventory's of frozen middle cuts -- along with higher than normal offering -- has put significant downward pressure on bull and heifer prices.

In the last two weeks, Grade A youthful bison bull values have fallen by about 15 cents a pound, while heifer prices have fallen by about 5 cents a pound.


The federal government is investing more money into new technologies for the processing industry.

The government is putting in 50 million dollars over 5 years from its AgriProcessing Initiative.

The money will go towards the cost of installing new equipment, design, and hiring experts to provide advice on innovative technologies, processes and products.

Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux says the investment will help build a stronger agricultural economy.


The Canadian Wheat Board is hoping Ottawa will take a tough stand at this month's world trade talks.

The wheat board says changes are being railroaded through the world trade talks that would remove its single desk selling authority.

It says Ottawa needs to draw a line in the sand and refuse to sign the trade deal.


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