Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farm Income at Crisis Level


NFU wants more help for farmers to raise profits.


The National Farmers Union says farm income is at a crisis level.

The union says net farm income is expected to be the third-lowest in history this year, according to the federal government.

Joan Brady, president of the N-F-U's women's division, says that means that farmers are more reliant on off-farm work, income support payments and loans.

She says farmers' debt loads have doubled in the past 11 years.

Stats Canada says net farm income dropped from 6.7 billion dollars in 2008 to 2.7 billion dollars in 2009.


Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz attended the Canadian 4-H Council's Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, and announced an investment of over one million dollars in the organization.

He says this investment will help 4-H continue their excellent work in developing the leaders of tomorrow.

This investment from Canadian Heritage's Exchanges Canada Program will go to two projects over three years.

The 4-H Youth Exchanges Canada project and the National 4-H Citizenship Seminar project will help Canadian youth connect with one another, experience the diversity of Canada's communities, languages and cultures, and get involved in the future of the country.


The Canadian Wheat Board says it is increasing its initial payments for wheat in the 2009-2010 crop year.

Prices will rise between five dollars and 44-dollars and 65 cents per tonne, depending on grade, class and protein level.

The price hikes are effective on Thursday.

Farmers who delivered grain for sale through the C-W-B wheat pool between August 1, 2009 and June 2, 2010 will receive an adjustment payment.


Saskatoon beekeeper, Clinton Ekdahl, thinks honeybees are taken for granted.

He's one of honeybee fans in Saskatchewan who applauded the move in three provinces to mark the Day of the Honeybee on Saturday.

More than 60 municipalities marked the event.

It's meant to raise awareness of the role bees play in the food chain and issues that are threatening their survival, such as pesticide use and habitat loss.

The Canadian Honey Council estimates that the value of honeybees to crop pollination is nearly two billion dollars each year.



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