Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Beef Producers Want Help

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Canada's beef producers call on NDP to help get assistance.


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There is another environmental farm plan workshop for farmers in Bruce and Grey Counties.

There is one session today and another one is being held next Thursday.

For more information -- call Jayne at (519) 367-5930.

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Canada's beef producers are asking for federal help.

They say mounting debt, inadequate insurance, unfair trade barriers and a strong dollar hurts their foreign market prospects.

They've turned to the N-D-P to help them make their case in Ottawa -- claiming aid to them would help all Canadians.

N-D-P agriculture critic Alex Atamanenko says beef producers are making less than half what they made 20 years ago -- even though exports have tripled.

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Bison markets continue to hold steady but there are some concerns.

The Canadian Bison Association says despite pressure from the strengthening Canadian dollar -- demand for middle cuts and primal cuts to start rising.

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Major fertilizer company Agrium saw third-quarter profit decline 92 per cent to 26 million dollars.

Last month, the company had warned that its profit could be nearly wiped out by lower selling prices for most of its products and reduced potash sales volumes.

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Flax prices have finally started to recover after suffering huge losses earlier this fall.

Values plummeted almost 50 per cent in September after European markets began restricting imports of Canadian flax because of contamination.

But Flax Canada officials report Canada has worked with the European Union to develop a new testing system to restore some market confidence.

Now prices have risen about half way to where they were prior to the contamination incident.

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China has said it will not move on its November 15th deadline to get strict with Canadian canola.

About two weeks ago -- the Chinese government announced it would not accept canola from Canada unless it is certified as free of the fungus blackleg.

The Canadian government asked the Asian country to delay the move by six months.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz hopes there will be a clearer understanding by the end of the week of why the Chinese have brought in the rule.

China was Canada's largest canola seed customer last year.

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The Canadian Wheat Board doesn't think much of the latest World Trade Organization draft text.

The board says it contains no tangible market access benefits for western Canadian wheat, durum and barley producers.

It says proposed tariff reductions will only reduce "bound'' or maximum allowable rates -- not the tariffs that are actually being applied.

 


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