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Agriculture Report

Christian Farmers calls for new regulations


Christian Farmers Federation say there is too much red tape in Canada


The Christian Farmers Federation is joining the list of other farm and business groups who say there is too much red tape in Ontario.

Farmer Nathan Stevens says they want to hold the province to their promise to reduce red tape by 25 per cent.

That included a pledge to eliminate some old regulations,

Stevens says there needs to be a balance that allows businesses to be competitive in a global environment while also protecting public safety.


Farmers across the country are worried about what the lack of snow and milder temperatures will mean for their Spring crops.

In central Nova Scotia for example -- farmers say their spring crops could be hurt by a lack of snowfall.

Officials with the Federation of Agriculture say it's important to have winters with colder temperatures to kill bugs, and give covering and protection.

They say much will depend on whether an early spring causes plants to grow and suffer damage from a late frost.


Canada has implemented a new protocol for the production of cattle used to produce beef for the European Union.

While the requirement to ensure that no growth-enhancing products are used in animals for the E-U remains firmly in place -- there has been significant progress to reduce paperwork and other costs of participation.

For example -- there is no need for a E-U program ear tag -- in addition to the Canadian Cattle I-D tag.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association welcomes the changes -- saying it reduces costs.


Farmers will want to make sure they know who they are dealing with as they move into the new era of wheat and barley marketing.

That's the key message from Elwin Hermanson -- the chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission.

He says producers should make sure they are selling to buyers who are licensed by the Grain Commisision.


Russia is going to determine tomorrow how much grain it will allow to be exported this year.

A big piece of that is wheat -- and just the idea of an export ban or restrictions from Russia sent grain markets to their four-week high on Tuesday.

Frost is also causing problems for the Russians -- a deep cold snap is putting the winter crop in Russia and Ukraine in jeopardy.

If this sounds familiar -- it was only two years ago that Russia imposed a complete export ban on supply concerns -- sending Chicago wheat well over 10 dollars.


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