Canada expected to crush more canola crop this year.
Members of the Ontario Cattlemen's Association board of directors say they are pleased with the turnout they got at their annual barbecue at the Ontario legislature.
The barbecue was the highlight of a full day of meetings between the directors and provincial politicians to discuss challenges facing the industry.
Association President Curtis Royal says directors reminded the politicians that cattle producers contribute greatly to the economy.
The government was urged to provide financial help to achieve long-term sustainability for the industry.
Canada is expected to crush more canola this crop year than ever before.
Industry officials say it's due to increased processing capacity in Western Canada.
They're forecasting 5.5 million tonnes will be crushed this season -- up from 4.5 million that was estimated.
Canada exported about 1.5 -million tonnes of canola oil in 2008-09 and is on pace to surpass that number this time around.
The two major customers are the U-S and China.
While Chinese restrictions on canola seed infected with the common blackleg fungus have tempered canola seed sales, the country is still buying it from Canada for the oil.
Growing demand for organic products and the need for farmers to find new ways to make money has some dairy producers thinking green.
Experts out east say the premium small producers can earn from going organic can help keep their farms viable.
All organic dairy products now sold in Atlantic Canada come from Ontario and Quebec.
A group of dairy farmers have formed the East Coast Organic Milk Co-operative and hope to have products on the market before Christmas.
Dairy farmers are turning more to technology to make their farms more efficient.
Some New Brunswick producers are using web cams and a computerized barn to help manage the milking.
Microchips in the ears of each cow help relay information about milk output and computers calculate and track feed.
There are even motion sensor cow brushes to scratch the animals...and as we all know -- happy cows give more milk.
The lower value of the Canadian dollar is helping beleaguered pork producers.
The Loonie has dropped around six cents in value over the last four weeks.
Manitoba Pork Marketing says producers should earn an additional dollar-fifty per hundred kilograms for every single U-S cent decrease in the value of the Canadian dollar.
The lower Loonie is also good news for Canadian cattle producers.
A European diplomat says agriculture is one of three potential obstacles standing in the way of a free trade agreement between Canada and the E-U.
Spain's ambassador says intellectual property rights and government procurement are the other possible sticking points.
But he says the outlook for a Canada-E-U accord remains positive.
Negotiations toward a major free-trade deal are slated to continue in July in Brussels.