Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Tough Year for Farmers


Federal Ag Minister looks back at challenging 2009.


Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Canadian farmers with coped everything from abnormal weather conditions to new trade barriers this year.

He says grain and oilseed producers dealt with a cooler than normal summer while canola and flax growers saw new trade barriers pop up.

Ritz says he's looking forward to making progress on the World Trade Organization challenge against the U-S over Country Of Origin Labelling laws.

Hog producers also dealt with a rising Canadian dollar value and the H-1-N-1 outbreak.


Senator Pamela Wallin says one Canadian initiative that is making a difference in Afghanistan is a wheat development program.

Wallin says it stops the growth of illegal opium poppies.

She says Canadians in Afghanistan are showing farmers they can grow wheat -- and they don't have to grow poppies to make a living.


The Dairy Farmers of Canada wants to make sure kids know about food.

The group has released its 2010 milk calendar and it offers 27 recipes this year that focus on all dairy products.

Spokesperson Korey Kealey says 12 of the recipes are kid friendly.

She says they want kids to get more involved in the kitchen.

Kealey says the Milk Calendar has found such huge success because it addresses the needs of the home cook who is looking for quick, easy, delicious and nutritious family meals.

For a copy -- go to the website


The Prairie Oat Growers Association wants the federal government to improve funding for oat research.

President Bill Wilton says there's been a dramatic decline in oat breeding research over the years.

He notes there is only one full time oat breeder in western Canada.


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