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Agriculture Report

Deadstock Session This Week

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Farmers can learn more about new deadstock rules in Walkerton.


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Grey Bruce farmers can learn more about the new Ontario regulations for managing deadstock.

A special workshop is being held this Thursday at Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton.

There will be information about the new rules that came into effect in March and what resources and disposal options are available to farmers.

To register -- call 1-866-242-4460.

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There is also an OMAFRA Sheep Seminar today at the Elma Community Centre in Atwood.

The day long program features speakers, information on genetic evaluation and the future of pedigrees.

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A report from T-D Economics says farmers can expect short term pain, but a long term gain when it comes to commodity prices.

The report claims that while commodity values are currently being hurt by excess global supply and the high dollar -- prices are expected to improve next year with the livestock industry leading the way.

Market values for crops are also expected to improve thanks to the growing demand for ethanol and biofuels.

Economists are also encouraging Canadian agricultural producers to continue broadening their export markets.

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The President of Keystone Agriculture Producers says Canadians should be encouraged to buy pork locally.

Ian Wishart says it guarantees their food products meet Canadian standards and will help not just producers but the economy as a whole.

American pork processors are being blamed for hurting the domestic hog market Canada.

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The Chair of the Canadian Pork Council says opening up markets is critical for the recovery of the hog industry.

Jurgen Preugschas (prite'-chus) is encouraging the federal government to reach a comprehensive agreement with the European Union.

He also calls on the feds to finalize bilateral free trade agreements with Columbia and Korea.

The Pork Council says there is growing interest in Europe for Canadian pork with several market opportunities.

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A shrinking livestock industry could be bad news for the Prairie economy.

Many cattle and hog farmers are considering selling off their herds and leaving the business.

Some analysts warn if the industry downsizes too much -- other parts of the economy will also suffer.

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The Canadian Wheat Board is hoping to expand wheat sales to Brazil next year.

Market analyst Chris Ferris says the Brazilian wheat crop has suffered a setback.

Ferris adds the wheat crop in Argentina -- one of Canada's main competitors on the world market -- has also suffered production problems.

Brazil bought less than half a million tonnes of wheat from Canada last year and Ferris is hoping for improved sales this year.

 


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