Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Support System for Migrant Workers


New study recommends open and sectoral work for migrant workers.


A new study says farm migrants in Canada need a better support system.

The study was recently published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Author Jenna Hennebry recommends open and sectoral work permits be used -- allowing migrants to refuse undesirable job conditions and find other employment when necessary.

She also says governments need to ensure that foreign workers have easier access to social and medical services and basic language training.


Canadian Cattle producers have a new international market.

Our federal government has signed a new agreement with Azerbaijan (Azer-BYE-jan).

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the deal allows Canadian cattle to enter the country immediately.

The bulk of sales are expected to be in dairy genetics.


Officials in Alberta say a big, new greenhouse complex is keeping the province's crop industry among the most competitive and progressive in the world.

The 17 million dollar facility near Brooks has 10 research bays, four production greenhouses and a world class data gathering system.

The building covers 60 thousand square feet and sits on about one acre.


Analysts estimate farmers in Western Canada will seed more acres this year.

Jonathan Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions expects an increase.

The company is projecting canola will hit record levels of about 19.4 million acres.

Other analysts are projecting even higher canola numbers of about 21 million acres.

FarmLink also expects non-durum wheat will jump to 19 million acres.


There's a new crop on the Prairies called Ethiopian mustard.

Saskatchewan Agriculture is funding what it calls the Mustard 21 initiative -- to develop the industrial oilseed crop as a platform for bio-diesel, bio-jet fuel and bio-pesticides.

European countries with semi-arid climates are already using the mustard crop for energy.

Commercial partner Agrisoma Biosciences is seeding up to 10 thousand acres this year in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta.


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