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Country 105

Agriculture Report

More Help for Young Farmers


Info on programs, services now online for young farmers.


The federal government has launched a new website aimed at young farmers.

Agriculture Canada says it includes information about programs and services young farmers might consider using.

It also includes a report on the challenges and opportunities facing young and beginning farmers.

The website is at

The government also announced that it will hold a National Future Farmers Network in the fall to bring together young and beginning farmers as well as industry leaders and provincial and federal government representatives.

Its aim will be to bring their voices to the fore and put their ideas into action.


There's a new online resource for Alberta farmers who want to buy crop and forage hail insurance.

The province is offering a 24-hour online service through the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation.

Farmers can purchase the insurance directly, or still get it from the district office or a hail agent.

Brad Klak, president of the corporation, says they want to make management programs effective for the modern farmer.


Livestock producers in Alberta and Saskatchewan who were hit hard by drought over the past few years are getting some financial help.

Ottawa and the two provinces have launched a program to help producers buy feed so they can keep their animals off of pastures to allow them to recover.

The program is aimed at producers in eligible counties and municipal districts in central and northern Alberta and west Central and northwest Saskatchewan.

The governments have earmarked 114 million dollars for the program.


Farmers across much of southern Manitoba are busy draining water off their fields after heavy weekend rains.

Fields were already saturated in some parts of the province after significant rains over the Victoria Day weekend.

Some farmers say in some cases they are going to have to write-off crops in some fields.

The heavy rains also hit parts of Saskatchewan and Alberta.



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