Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

OCA Executive Elections


Dan Darling elected President of Ontario Cattleman's Association


The 19 thousand members of the Ontario Cattlemen's Association have a new leader.

Dan Darling of Castleton was elected President at last week's conference in Toronto.

Darling operates a cow-calf operation with 250 cows and backgrounds calves on 15 hundred acres, in partnership with his brother.

They also have cash crop corn, soybeans and wheat.

Bob Gordanier of Dufferin County is the Vice President.

They will be joined on the board by two new faces -- Steve Eby of Kincardine and Tim Fugard of Lambton County.

The Board of Directors says it will continue to work with government and industry representatives to address different issues.


A report by a United Nations agriculture organization and a watchdog group says corruption is undermining land access and development.

The Food and Agriculture Organization and Transparency International report says the problem is especially felt in poorer countries -- where many people cannot afford the small bribes demanded to register property for land surveys or for other procedures.


15 barley producers from across Canada are being honoured under the Elite Barley grower recognition program for their excellence in producing malt barley in 2011.

Elite Barley is an industry led effort overseen by the malting barley value chain.

The growers who were nominated are from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The nominating companies include BARI-Canada, the Canada Malting Company, Richardson Pioneer and Viterra.


Manitoba has gone from one of the worst floods on record to what some fear could be a drought for this summer.

The province already says moderate drought conditions prevail in eastern Manitoba and in southern Manitoba with some areas not seeing much rainfall since late June.

Making the situation worse is that little snow covers much of southern Manitoba due to unseasonably mild winter.


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