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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Ontario Farm Value Rises


Re/MAX report shows the value of Ontario farmland is rising.


Today is the last day for Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock.

It's the country's largest agricultural trade show and features over 700 exhibitors.

There have been different demonstrations about tillage, biomass and forage harvesting.

There is also an organics and market vegetable expo.

About 40 thousand people attend the Farm Show every year.


The latest RE/MAX Market Trends Report finds the value of farmland in Ontario is rising.

The report cites rising agricultural commodity values and tight inventory levels.

It also notes value is higher as a growing number of farmers are entering into contracts to host wind or solar power projects -- while others opt to permit the extraction of gas and natural resources.

Re/Max says these arrangements have provided an alternate source of income -- and underscored the opportunities that exist for land owners.


The Governor General says it isn't his place to interfere in the Harper Conservative government's plan to eliminate the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.

David Johnston made the comments after a plebiscite suggested farmers don't want to do that.

Just over 60 per cent of Prairie wheat growers and 51 per cent of barley growers voted in favour of keeping the monopoly.

The Western Barley Growers Association says the results of the Canadian Wheat Board vote on having a single desk marketer are not credible.

President Brian Otto says the board has consistently refused to ensure that the voters list accurately reflects active commercial producers in the industry.

Otto says some of the 11 hundred producers on that list last fall had left the business or retired and others had died.


And the Canadian Wheat Board says harvest progress is now well ahead of normal across the Prairies.

Last week's unseasonably warm temperatures combined with dry weather to create excellent harvest conditions.



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