Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Co-Ops a Big Deal in Ontario


This is Co-op Week and Ontario group holding AGM tomorrow.


They are a fixture of rural life -- Co Operatives.

More than a tenth of Ontario's population are members of credit unions and co-operatives, and the province's co-op sectors employing more than 15 thousand people.

This is Co-Op Week and the Ontario Co-Operative Association is holding its 9th annual meeting in Burlington tomorrow.

Spokesperson Mark Ventry says this meeting is a good way to celebrate the good things Co ops do.

A number of awards will be handed out at tomorrow's meeting.

Retired Huron County dairy farmer  and former Chair of Gay Lee Foods, Stuart Steckle becomes 2009 Distinguished Co-operator.


Canadian farmers are seeing lower fertilizer prices.

In fact, Alberta Agriculture says the average fertilizer price is less than half what it was last fall.

Experts say fertilizer prices are lower because demand is down and energy costs have fallen.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is drawing criticism about the integrity of its mandate.

The National Farmers Union is accusing the agency of trying to increase international food trade at the expense of food safety.

And it says that hurts farmers.

The N-F-U says the B-S-E crisis, the swine flu and contaminated flax shipments are proof the agency has sacrificed food safety in favour of expanding global markets.


The International Grains Council has raised wheat production estimates for this fiscal year.

The group forecasts overall production to reach 666 million tonnes -- up from an original estimate of 662 million.

Crops from the European Union, Russia, Uruguay and Algeria are all expected to produce good yields and contribute to the production increase.

However, the global crop size still remains lower than the 687 million tonnes produced in 2008.


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