Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers Going Green


FCC report says more farmers want to protect environment.


More than 60 per cent of people surveyed by Farm Credit Canada say they are considering using environmentally friendly management practices to reduce their environmental footprint.

The results of the Vision survey suggest that environmental impacts are gradually becoming a factor of day-to-day business for many producers and agribusinesses.

To help make sense of the green economy and what it means for Canadian agriculture -- F-C-C has released a new edition of Knowledge Insider.


Chinese grocery stores will soon be carrying Canadian pork.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz secured a certification agreement with China last week -- allowing Canadian Pork imports into China for the first time since the spring of 2009.

China implemented a ban on pork products from all H-1-N-1-affected countries last spring.

Canada is the first country to obtain certified status from the Chinese -- meaning the Canadian pork industry has an advantage over pork exporters in other countries.


Delegates to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's annual meeting are looking for ways to boost farm income.

The president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers says there was consensus at the meeting last week that Canadian farmers need to receive a larger percentage of the consumer food dollar if producers are to continue offering nutritious, low-priced food.

Several of Keystone's resolutions passed.

They covered issues such as funding for beneficial management practices, business risk management programs and world trade organization negotiations.


An agricultural economist says farming is becoming more of a business and less of a lifestyle.

Doctor David Kohl -- the professor emeritus at Virginia Tech -- says he's noticing a change in the attitude of producers.

As a result, he says there's a growing profitability gap between the industry leaders and the rest of the pack.

He says these leaders tend to be producers who utilize a full systems approach and have an understanding of risk management.

Kohl says this business -- rather than a lifestyle focused -- approach is quite evident when looking at the leaders in the farm industry.


Animal feed company Ridley earned a profit of 5 million dollars in its latest quarter, helped by improved margins and lower operating costs.

Revenue slipped more than 8 per cent.

Officials say colder weather with good snow cover throughout much of the area it operates was also favourable to beef feed volumes.


A Canadian Wheat board analyst says there is little light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to low wheat prices.

Neil Townsend says rising wheat stocks will continue to depress prices.

He doesn't anticipate wheat creating much of a run unless there are weather conditions in the Northern Hemisphere that reduce the quantity or quality of the crop.

Townsend says any market rally would likely have to come from something like the U-S corn crop.


Good thing there's no china shops near Calgary's Stampede grounds.

An animal escaped from a sale of bulls on Monday and scooted through a downtown neighbourhood before it could be corralled by cattlemen.

Good thing there were some tough animal-wrangling hombres to rope that bull.

Calgary police were called in for traffic control and no injuries were reported.



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