Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Warm Weather Saps Maple Industry


Producers expect revenues to decrease due to a shorter season.


We are still accepting nominations for the annual Tommy Cooper award.

It is given to the resident who has made an outstanding contribution to farming and farm life.

Cooper was a provincial farm extension worker who helped farmers with new mechnical innovations and helped start up the Grey Bruce Livestock Co-operative.

We have extended the deadline to tomorrow.

You can pick up a nomination from the office of the Bruce and Grey Federation of Agriculture.

The winner will be announced on Friday April 13th during a dinner at the Elmwood Community Centre.


The Canadian maple syrup industry is expecting to take a financial hit because of the warm weather.

That has created a shorter season and a cut in production -- by as much as 80 per cent in some areas of Ontario.

It could also mean high prices for consumers.


Business Risk Management programs for farmers have survived Ontario's budget process.

But the program is now capped at 100 million dollars this year.

The Liberal government says it is talking with commodity sector leaders about redesigning the programs.


Producers are awaiting tomorrow's release of the U-S Department of Agriculture's Prospective Plantings report.

The figures on corn are expected to have a significant impact on markets.

According to the Canadian Wheat Board's latest Pool Return Outlook -- any drop in corn prices will likely result in a drop in wheat values.


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