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Agriculture Report

Canadian Wheat Board Outlook


Rainy harvests mean outlook is good for wheat sales in 2011.


The 2011 outlook is good from the Canadian Wheat Board.

Officials say rainy harvests in Canada and Australia combined with drought in Russia mean there is a lower supply of high grade wheat on the world market.

And countries like Iran had dry harvests and may be big buyers this year.


The Canadian Wheat Board is also warning farmers to protect their personal I-D number with the grain marketing agency.

Farmers need a PIN number to conduct business over the phone.

That includes signing or changing a contract and examining payment details.

Farm business team leader Kimberly Grimwood says farmers can personalize the numbers to make them easier to remember.


There is some good news for cattle producers as they head into the new year.

One analyst Jack Hextall says the prices will rise as there are more younger buyers in the marketplace wanting to buy bred cows.

He notes 2010 was a mixed bag, as heavy rains played havoc on operations for some producers.


Country artist Blake Shelton will be singing among the tractors.

He's headlining a concert on February 8th -- the opening day at the annual farm equipment show called the World Ag Expo.

The concert is a fundraiser to promote agriculture awareness.

The World Ag Expo is in California's Central Valley.


The Alberta government is leading a new program to reduce waste and improve productivity in the agriculture industry.

It's called "Lean Thinking.''

Program head Nicola Stevens says it's a business management system that reduces anything that doesn't add bottom line value to a product.


The president of Keystone Processors is moving on.

Kelly Penner has resigned his position with the beef processor to pursue new opportunities.

Penner helped found the company in 2007 and was instrumental in bringing it to Winnipeg.



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