Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Farming Significant to Canada

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New report shows 1 in 8 jobs are related to agriculture.


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Agriculture Canada says a new report shows the farming industry is becoming a more significant part of the economy.

The report says Canadian farms have modernized and adapted to global trends.

The latest figures from 2010 show that 1 in 8 jobs are related to agriculture and that farm activity accounted for 8 per cent of Canada's gross domestic product.

Canada is the fifth largest exporter of farm products in the world, with annual exports worth more than 35 billion dollars.

We also enjoy some of the lowest food costs in the world, with food spending accounting for about 10 per cent of personal expenditures.

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A private member's bill to overhaul the Ontario Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals has been defeated on second reading.

Farm and Food Care Ontario has a mandate to provide credible information on food and farming in the province.

They had concerns about some of the bill's proposals as they dealt with farm animal issues.

But a spokesperson says the bill demonstrates the serious concerns around how farm animal welfare issues are currently being addressed.

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Keystone Agricultural Producers is pleased with Manitoba's announcement on lifting the restriction for the application of nutrients on crop land.

The group says this will allow farmers to commence field work in preparation for seeding.

The announcement does not apply to livestock manure.

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U-S corn and wheat stocks are down, soybean stocks are up from last year.

The U-S-D-A's latest grain stocks report says corn stocks on March 1st were just over six billion bushels -- that's down eight per cent from last year.

Wheat stocks are at 1.2 billion bushels -- down 16 per cent from a year ago.

U-S soybean stocks are reported at 1.37 billion bushels -- up 10 per cent from a year ago.

 


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