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Agriculture Report

New Ontario Cattlemen President


New President of OCA comes from Creemore.


The federal government is investing 19 million dollars in canola research over the next three years.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the money will help the canola sector reach its goal of 15 million metric tonnes of sustained production within five years.

Canola is considered a healthy source of cooking oil.


Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is intent on ending the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on Western barley -- even though he's met roadblocks on the issue before.

Ritz says he wants to eliminate the board's single desk selling power, adding that he'll be pleased to table legislation to do that.

The minister repeatedly refused to say when a bill might be introduced.

The comments came after the federal government said in the throne speech that it will "ensure the freedom of choice'' that barley farmers voted for in a plebiscite three years ago.


A farmer from Clearview Township has been voted the head of the Ontario Cattlemen's Association.

Curtis Royal farms beef cattle just outside of Creemore.

He was elected President at a weekend meeting of over 500 beef farmers and industry representatives at the OCA's annual general meeting.

Royal notes there are many factors affecting the beef industry in Ontario.

And he says the industry will improve once they figure out that working together is the only way forward.


The Beef Information Centre launches a beef multi-media consumer campaign this week.

he campaign focuses on beef as a nutritious and lean product.

The campaign is focused mainly in Ontario and Alberta and runs from March through May.


Farmers are pushing for a federal review of railway charges for hauling grain to market.

Greg Marshall -- the president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan -- says farmers are getting a poor deal on grain freight rates.

He says farmers are paying more and more for grain movement and getting less service.

The group also wants the federal government to enhance its farm support programs.


Soybeans are gaining popularity in Manitoba.

Northstar Genetics has found a soybean called warren that will work in southwestern Manitoba.

Producers say soybean growers have good crop insurance now which is attracting more farmers to the crop each year.



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