Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers Income Rising


Agriculture Canada says average farm income set new record in 2011.


Federal government projections suggest almost all Canadian farmers can look forward to good times for up to the next 10 years.

Agriculture Canada says by almost any measure -- average farm income set new records in 2011.

This year, total family income is forecast to be 27 per cent above the last 5 year average.

The government says receipts from cereal and oilseed crops did the best -- but livestock prices are also rebounding and producers are rebuilding herds.


Farmers could someday have access to a smart nanofertilizer that synchronizes the release of nitrogen with crop uptake.

Doctor Carlos Monreal of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is one of several scientists developing a fertilizer that responds to organic compounds emitted by a plant's roots.

He notes nitrogen-use efficiency for most crops ranges from 30 to 50 per cent, but his team is trying to reduce the amount of nitrogen lost during crop production.

Scientists hope to have a product commercialized within the next 10 years.


Stamps of approval from the Canadian Standards Association are coming off grain dryers and burners built after January 1st, 2013.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario says changing regulations for the dryers and burners running natural gas or propane means farmers instead will need a Technical Standards and Safety Authority approval.

That doesn't come from the factory -- it will require an on-site inspection costing the farmer money, several more weeks waiting, and likely more paperwork.

The GFO says it will lobby to ensure farmers are not burdened.


Wheat producers in the United States are welcoming the end of the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk.

Shannon Schlecht is the Director of Policy with U-S Wheat Associates -- she says it's a win for American producers to compete on an equal playing field.

Schlecht also says it's a win for Canadian producers to realize the full value of their crop.

Schlecht adds U-S producers are slowly becoming more aware of the changes to the board and what they could mean.



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