Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

No Increase for Dairy Prices


Dairy Commission has no plans to raise support prices.


The Canadian Dairy Commission has no plans to raise support prices for butter and skim milk powder.

Support prices are values at which the commission buys and sells butter and skim milk powder to balance seasonal supply and demand changes on the domestic market.

Commission Chair Randy Williamson says reduced input costs over the last year resulted in the decision not to change support values.

As of February 1st -- the support price for skim milk powder will therefore remain at six-dollars-and-17-cents per kilogram.

The support price for butter will remain at seven-dollars-and-10-cents a kilogram.


Canola growers can start breathing a little easier.

It appears China is slowly reopening its borders to imports of the Canadian oilseed.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz met with Chinese officials on the weekend and assured them Canadian farmers can produce a consistent supply of safe and quality canola.

The country's state-owned organization responsible for grains and edible oil reserves says it's set a goal to raise imports of Canadian canola by an additional 200-thousand tonnes in 2010.

The Canola Council of Canada says the increases will be worth as much as 180 million dollars.


An agri-food consultant says the Asian market could be the key to helping Canada's struggling beef industry.

Jim Bilyea says countries such as China, Japan and India are experiencing unprecedented economic prosperity -- which provides opportunities for Canadian farmers.

Bilyea says Asia is growing in terms of population, consumer income and demand for North American beef.


Oats growers say the European Union is restricting market growth.

The industry says that after a year of declining prices -- things will improve in 2010 if progress can be made in overseas markets.

However, Bill Wilton-- the director of Prairie Oats Growers -- says the E-U's trade tariffs on Canadian oats are unnecessary and hurting business opportunities.

His group has provided the federal government with documents and information on the problem, and is hoping the federal government will negotiate a new trade deal.


Farmers in Saskatchewan produced a record number of lentils and canola this year but fewer barley, oats and dry peas.

The latest crop production figures from Stats Canada also shows durum production dropped slightly while spring wheat production rose,

Farmers also produced more flaxseed than last year.


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