Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

GTA Farmers Struggling

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Greenbelt in the GTA not farmer friendly.


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The provincially created Greenbelt that surrounds the GTA should be a thriving place for agriculture, given its proximity to the big urban area.

But that is not the case according to research done by University of Guelph Professor Harry Cummings.

His study shows that animal agriculture is disappearing even more rapidly in Ontario's protected greenbelt than other areas of the province.

Cummings says even the booming local food movement can't help these greenbelt farmers.

Cummings Says the greenbelt was supposed to preserve farmland and support agriculture, but for livestock farmers, that doesn't appear to be the case.

He places the blame on poorly planned government policy.

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A market analyst says fundamentals are weak in the canola market.

Mike Jubinville with ProFarmer Canada says it's tough to find bullish factors in the canola market right now because of blackleg and salmonella issues surrounding exports to China and the U-S.

He believes they'll be little more than a sideways shift in the range right now until new fundamental information comes to light.

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The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance is calling for an end to the Doha round of World Trade Organization agriculture negotiations.

Alliance president Darcy Davis says the balance between free trade and supply management makes negotiations difficult for Canada.

He says the majority of farms in Canada depend on exports.

Davis says some protections are still important but the alliance would like to see better market access for Canada.

He adds there is some allowance for sensitive products in the current W-T-O text.

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Market access will be one of the key issues on the agenda during Crop Production Week in Saskatoon next month.

Every major commodity organization will be holding meetings between January 11th to 15th.

Canadian oilseed exports are being hurt by new regulations, which are viewed as trade barriers by farmers.

The European Union requires extensive testing of Canadian flax to ensure it does not contain genetically modified crop material.

China has all but closed its borders to Canadian canola, citing concerns about blackleg.

There are no trade restrictions yet but some customers have raised concerns about traces of genetically modified canola in mustard and pulse crop shipments.

 


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