Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers Make Less Money


Stats show farmers made less money in 2010.


A new study says farmers made less money last year -- but their incomes still exceeded the five year average.

Stats Canada reports farm cash receipts totalled 43.8 billion dollars in 2010.

That's down 1.7 per cent from a year earlier -- but 6.7 per cent above the previous five year average.


Stats Canada also reports farm cash receipts fell in all provinces -- except Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The largest declines took place in Alberta, down 5.9 per cent.

Market receipts -- which include revenue from the sale of crops and livestock but exclude program payments -- amounted to 40.7 billion dollars last year.

That is down 1 and a half per cent from 2009.


Hundreds of farmers are spending this week in hotels and conference rooms.

The Ontario Cattlemen Association is holding its annual meeting in Toronto -- it started yesterday and continues today.

The 28th annual Southwestern Ontario Dairy Symposium is also being held today in Woodstock.

The Innovative Farmers of Ontario meeting in London ends today.

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetables Convention is also being held in St. Catherines.

The Southwestern Ontario Pork Conference was held in Guelph yesterday -- officials celebrated their 48th anniversary.


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