Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Ag Classes at Georgian


Owen Sound's Georgian College is offering part time farm classes in the new year.


Georgian College is going down on the farm.

The Owen Sound campus will offer part time agriculture classes in the new year.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller says he is pleased to hear Georgian is considering the introduction of such a farm program.

Miller notes the agriculture industry is very important in the region and the program will only benefit the community.


The federal government is investing 1.8 million dollars for research to help oat growers.

The Prairie Oat Growers Association will receive the money to develop new oat breeding varieties tailored to the prairie environment that will improve crop yields and quality.

Oat is adaptable to many different Canadian environments -- making it a viable crop option for many farmers.

Improved varieties with better resistance to plant diseases and that can withstand unpredictable climate conditions will lead to increased yields and profits for growers.

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba produce an average of 90 per cent of Canada's oats.


For the first time since 2002 -- neither Canadian National nor Canadian Pacific railways exceeded their revenue cap for grain handling in 2009-10.

CN's grain revenue totalled just under 464.9 million dollars -- below its maximum set by the Canadian Transportation Agency at 467.6 million.

CPR posted grain revenue of 454 million -- with a cap of 455.7 million dollars.

Revenue for both railways was down compared to the last crop year.

If the railways exceed their maximum -- they must pay the excess -- plus a penalty -- to the Western Grains Research Foundation.


After shrinking during September -- Canada's economy expanded by two-tenths of a per cent in October.

And that is despite a decline in the agriculture sector.

The resource sector recorded a 2.4 per cent gain -- but Stats Canada reports declines were seen in agriculture as well as manufacturing and construction.

Analyst David Madani at Capital Economics figures the strong loonie is a big reason for the weak showing.



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