Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

New Oat Variety


Naked oats have a wider nutritional profile.


A new variety of oat has been developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists.

It's hulless and hairless -- or naked -- oat variety -- and Campbell Company of Canada is using it in its new product called Nourish.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says naked oats cook and taste like rice but have a wider nutritional profile -- which makes them a good option for processors.

They are also suitable for gluten-free diets.


Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz calls it a good first step.

The European Union Member States is allowing the import of animal feed containing trace elements of genetically modified material.


The Canadian Wheat Board is predicting far higher grain prices in the crop year beginning August 1st.

In its first price outlook -- the agency says spring wheat prices will be more than three dollars a bushel higher in the new crop year.

The agency cites rising demand and limited supplies.

Durum prices will double while feed barley will jump more than two dollars -- and the outlook for malt barley is up almost 3 dollars.


Assiniboine Community College in Manitoba is also launching an applied research program in horticultural production.

It will focus primarily on fruit and vegetables.


Feed barley prices in Western Canada have started to rise.

The Canadian Wheat Board says offshore demand for feed barley has been slow over the last few weeks as the world's largest buyer, Saudi Arabia, is holding off on purchasing.

But Director Bruce Burnett anticipates some demand from Saudi Arabia to come in the next few months -- which will certainly tighten up barley supplies.

He adds political uncertainty in North Africa has dropped corn values.


Three meat processors in Saskatchewan have been selected as a pilot project to expand meat trade in Canada.

The federal and provincial governments are offering to cover up to two-thirds of the cost of upgrading facilities to meet regulations to sell their products outside Saskatchewan.


And former U-S President Bill Clinton is warning farmers not to use so much corn for ethanol fuel.

Clinton says it will raise food prices and cause riots in other countries.

Clinton admits producing biofuels such as corn-based ethanol is important for reducing U-S dependence on foreign oil.

But he says farmers also should look beyond domestic production and consider the needs of developing countries.


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