Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Deadline for Environmental Farm Plan

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Deadline looms for farmers to apply for farm plan funding.


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The deadline is September 15th if farmers want to apply for funding under the Environmental Farm Plan.

Jayne Dietrich of the Ontario Soil and Crop Association will be available at her Mildmay area farm to help producers complete their applications.

The next drop in session is today from 10 AM till 4 PM and from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM tonight.

The Dietrich farm is located at sideroad 30 and Highway 9 south of Mildmay.

The Best Management Practice categories and cost share funding caps remain the same as the previous year.

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The president of the National Farmers Union says a new world trade agreement would not help small to medium-size producers.

Terry Boehm says a liberalized trade agenda benefits large grain and fertilizer companies more than farmers.

The Cairns Group -- which represents one quarter of global agriculture trade -- met in Saskatoon recently and talked about how to jump start World Trade Organization discussions.

Boehm adds that in spite of increased agricultural production and trade -- many farmers are still saddled with large amounts of debt.

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Stats Canada says Alberta's cattle count increased in July from the same time in 2010.

It's the first time that's happened in four years.

The herd was at 5.5 million as of July 1st -- up 0 point 2 per cent from the year before.

It's still a far cry from the pre-B-S-E number -- but the Alberta Beef Producers says higher prices have brought a new optimism to the industry.

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A United Nations agency says world food prices remained virtually unchanged last month -- but cereal prices rose amid concerns that production won't satisfy demand.

The Food and Agriculture Organization says its price index was 26 per cent higher than in August 2010.

But its well below the all-time high in February and unchanged between July and August.

The F-A-O notes the hot, dry weather in the U-S has prompted downward revisions of maize crop prospects.

World cereal production this year is expected to reach 2.3 million tonnes, but that's six million tonnes lower than a July forecast and isn't considered sufficient to meet increased demand.

 


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