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Agriculture Report

New Tags for Canadian Cattle


Cattle producers soon required to use new RFID ear tags.


As of January 1st -- cattle producers will be required to make the switch from bar code tags to the new RFID or radio frequency ear tags.

Some ranchers have made the switch with most of their animals -- but farm groups argue it shouldn't be necessary to re-tag older animals immediately.

Given the current economic situation facing cattle producers -- they are asking the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency to phase in the RFID tag requirement.


It has been a tough Christmas for one hog farming family in Stratford.

Their hog barn was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve.

The fire killed 800 animals.

Damage is estimated at half a million dollars.


Another Canadian canola crushing plant has been placed on the U-S Food and Drug Administration's import alert list.

The Archer Daniels Midland plant in Windsor has been added to the list of plants facing import restrictions due to the discovery of salmonella bacteria in the canola meal.

Three other plants are on the list.

The restrictions effectively eliminate opportunities to export canola meal into the U-S.

The F-D-A has implemented a zero tolerance policy for salmonella which Canadian farm groups argue is unrealistic as technology continues to improve.

The canola meal is not used for human consumption.


Tax help is on the way for more livestock producers affected by drought in Saskatchewan.

The federal government says more producers will now be eligible for a federal tax deferral.

The deferral allows eligible producers in designated areas to defer income tax on the sale of breeding livestock for one year to help replenish breeding stock in the following year.


Farmers in Saskatchewan faced many challenges throughout 2009 -- but still managed to take off an average to above-average crop.

Saskatchewan Agriculture says the province experienced cool conditions in the spring, which were compounded in some areas by dry conditions.

Crop development was behind normal for much of the growing season due to cool weather.

The growing season remained fairly cool until September, when warm weather allowed the crops to mature quickly.

The wet month of October prevented many farmers from completing their harvest until November.

Provincially, overall crop yields were above the 10 year average.

The quality of most crops was average to above average.


The Canadian Wheat Board expects to increase sales of malting barley to China this year.

Beer production is booming in China while the domestic malting barley crop was weak.

Board spokesperson Bob Cuthbert says the price spread between domestic Chinese malting barley and western Canadian malting barley has narrowed.

He says this should also encourage increased imports.


Fieldworkers at Hawaii's last major pineapple plantation have picked their last crop.

Maui Land and Pineapple Company shut down its century-old agricultural operation last week to focus on real estate development.

The company says its pineapple business has lost 115 million dollars since 2002 and is no longer financially sustainable.


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