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Agriculture Report

Look for a Job in Agriculture

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More jobs are opening up in Canadian agriculture.


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If you're looking for a job, consider the agriculture industry.

Officials say the sector has more than two million paid positions across Canada -- many of which are open -- including executive directors and media liasons.

Manitoba has developed a program called Agriculture in the Classroom, which is aimed at informing students of potential agriculture careers.

Project co-ordinator Karen Hill notes 94 per cent of agriculture students at the University of Manitoba immediately have a job when they graduate.

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The head of an organization representing four thousand independent grocers says Canadians pay less for food than almost anyone else in the world

John Scott of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers says as a percentage of income, we're paying substantially less for food than we were 30 years ago.

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Farm Credit Canada is promoting software aimed at helping producers better manage their farms.

The computer programs are designed to store accurate financial records, crop data and outline management practices to help farmers stay in better control of production costs.

Software developer Sean McDougall says the three are key tools to running a more efficient farm business.

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Stewart Wells says he will not seek another term as President of the National Farmers Union.

Wells has held the top job for the last 8 years -- and says one of his highlights is blocking some of the government's actions toward the Canadian Wheat Board.

The N-F-U is to elect its new president at the national convention next month in Ottawa.

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The increased value of the loonie means western Canadian farmers are not seeing any benefit from rising U-S wheat futures.

The Canadian Wheat Board says futures have increased between 41 and 45 cents per bushel over the past month in American dollars.

But the strengthened Canadian dollar means the upward trend in American wheat futures has been offset by the change in currency value.

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The Flax Council of Canada is awaiting approval from the European member states on a new protocol for testing flax shipments headed to Europe.

The European flax market slammed the door shut after genetically modified material -- likely an old flax variety -- was found in a shipment in late summer.

The protocol for testing for G-M flax has been developed by the Canadian government in consultation with the Flax Council of Canada and the E-U's public health body.

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Taiwan says it will lift a ban on imports of U-S "beef in bone'' products -- including porterhouse steak.

But the Health Department says all imports will have to carry a label of approval from the U-S Agriculture Department.

Only meat products from cows 30 months or younger that are approved by certified veterinarians can be imported.

Taiwan previously banned all American beef containing bone because it was believed that certain bones carry a higher risk of mad cow disease.

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Efforts are underway to come to a resolution with the Chinese over Canadian canola exports.

The Chinese government has announced that by November 15th -- shipments from Canada must have a certificate proving the canola is free of the fungus blackleg.

As a result, Chinese buyers have already cancelled several shipments.

 


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