University of Guelph professor wants more spending on farm research
A professor at the University of Guelph is calling for more spending on agricultural research in Canada.
John Cranfield says it is the only way to remain competitive in global markets.
He says Canada's spending on farm research is falling behind other countries.
Cranfield says the federal government should spend more on its own and match private investment in research.
And he recommends funding should be directed where it will have the most impact and where other funding sources are lacking.
A hog analyst still feels the outlook for producers this year remains positive.
That is despite the fact hog prices continue to decline with lean hog futures dropping around 10 per cent since early March.
Tyler Fulton with Hams Marketing Services says the situation is largely being driven by speculation that export markets will be less robust this year.
Fulton says the prices may be down -- but they are more realistic.
And he says key markets such as China and South Korea are unlikely to measure up to the numbers they put in last year.
It's as old as agriculture itself -- from ancient digging sticks to the modern-day cultivator -- the act of plowing has been central to farm practice throughout history.
In recognition of the importance of plowing in agriculture -- plow enthusiasts from approximately 30 countries gather each year for two days of intense competition to determine world champions.
In July 2013, this competition will be hosted by Olds College in Alberta as part of its year long centennial program.
About 60 competitors from around the world are expected to compete in conventional and reversible plowing classes on both stubble and grass plots.
The 2012 championship is being held later this year in Croatia.