Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Tommy Cooper Shortlist


Award for contributions to agriculture, rural living will be handed out.


This year's Tommy Cooper award for great contribution to agriculture and rural living will go to one of three people.

Warren Weppler, Barb Klages and Paul Wettlaufer have been nominated for the annual award.

It will be presented tonight during a special dinner at 6:30 at the Elmwood Community Centre.


Young people are getting a boost to stay in agriculture.

Our federal government has announced a new loan program.

Farmers under the age of 40 can apply up to half a million dollars to buy or improve farmland and buildings.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz points out many younger farmers have been leaving the business -- but he feels they are vital to the long-term prosperity of agriculture.


The federal government has appointed Sylvie Cloutier to the board of directors of Farm Credit Canada.

Cloutier has served as C-E-O of Quebec's Council of Food Processing and Consumer Products.

She was also a spokeswoman for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors.


A union that represents public employees says the federal job cuts will hit the agriculture sector harder than any other department in Western Canada.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada says almost 400 farm related jobs will be cut on the Prairies.

The cuts include the closure of the Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg by 2014.


And groups in Alberta are beefing up a campaign to get more people to carve into steaks and bite into hamburgers.

Alberta Beef Producers and the Alberta Livestock and Marketing Agency are spending 1.3 million dollars on a new marketing pitch.

The campaign will feature ads, tasting events, retail signs and social media promoting the "unparalleled taste of Alberta Beef''.



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