Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Asking for Cattle Funding


Dairy Farmers, Canadian Cattlemen and Federation of Agriculture want money.


Three cattle groups are asking the federal government for 20 million dollars.

The groups are the Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

They want the funding to help defray the costs of meeting stringent slaughtering rules brought in after the mad cow scare.

The industry warns that without the funding -- thousands of jobs will be lost at major meat packing plants and at smaller abattoirs.

They also say tens of thousands of older beef and dairy cattle will be sent to the United States to be slaughtered.


One official with the Canadian Wheat board is expressing concern about this winter's heavy snowpack and the runoff it will generate.

Bruce Burnet says the snow -- combined with last fall's rains -- could make spring seeding difficult.

But he predicts strong grain prices for at least the next six months because of supply problems.


Roundup Ready soybeans are set to go off patent in Canada this year.

Monsanto Spokesperson Trish Jordan says contract obligations to not save seed remain in effect for 2012 -- meaning that a farmer may only seed certified Roundup Ready seed in 2012.

Jordan says the fall of 2012 -- when harvesting that seed -- is when the grower will have the first opportunity to decide whether to save it.

Roundup Ready soybeans account for more than 60 per cent of soybean acres in Canada.


Corn production across the U-S dropped five per cent in 2010 -- and analysts say wet weather and above average temperatures contributed to the decline.

The United States Department of Agriculture's 2010 crop report shows corn production totalled 12.4 billion bushels last year.

But even with the drop -- last year was the third largest corn crop on record.

Soybean production dropped just one per cent in 2010 to 3.3 billion bushels and 43 and a half bushels per acre.

Wheat and grain production also fell in 2010 but cotton production increased.



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