Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Ag Census Coming Soon


Every Canadian farm will receive census in early May.


During the first two weeks in May -- every farm in Canada will receive a Census of Agriculture questionnaire.

Stats Canada says it uses the census to help create an up to date picture of farming.

The information helps governments make decisions about crop insurance, agricultural credit policies, transportation, market services and international trade.

Industry also uses the data to get a handle on food trends.


Livestock groups say they are worried federal lawmakers may pay too much attention to media reports that suggest the use of antibiotics by the industry is hurting people.

The groups include the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the Chicken Farmers of Canada and the Canadian Pork Council.

They are particularly worried about reports that attempt to link the use of antibiotics in livestock with antibiotic resistance in humans.


The federal government has re-appointed two people to the Farm Products Council of Canada.

They are vice-chairman Brent Montgomery and member Phil Klassen.

The council helps run Canada's supply management system for poultry and eggs.

It sets production quotas, promote products and raises funds through levies and licensing marketers.


The Chair of Alberta Pork says hog producers can probably expect good things in the coming months.

Jim Haggins says the number of pigs being raised in Alberta continues to decline while there has been a significant increase in slaughter capacity throughout Western Canada.

But prices have been strengthening since a sharp decline last fall and he says that trend should continue.

But Haggins warns the tragedy unfolding in Japan -- the second largest and the most lucrative market for Alberta pork -- may hurt exports.


Manitoba's farmer of the year is a good egg.

Orville Doerksen of Doerksen Poultry Farm Limited won the 2010 award.

Doerksen's farm achieved 100 per cent in both the national on-farm food safety program and animal care program last year.


And a Japanese food agency has issued a tender for Canadian wheat deliveries despite the earthquake and tsunami.

The Canadian Wheat Board says the business-as-usual announcement is good news for farmers.

But the board also says there is some uncertainty about port congestion in Japan following the disaster.

The Grain Growers of Canada is also making a donation to help the Japanese.



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