Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Agroforestry Deal

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Canada signs deal with U-S to increase research co-operation.


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Canada has signed an agreement on agroforestry with the United States.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the deal will foster co-operation between the two Agroforestry Development Centres.

The agreement increases co-operation in research on greenhouse gas reduction and improved land management practices.

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Stats Canada reports farmers input costs went up one and a half per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The biggest was the animal production component -- which was up 13 per cent.

Machinery and motor vehicle costs were up 10 per cent and crop production costs were up 7.2 per cent year over year.

Overall, farm input prices across Canada were up 8.3 per cent in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in 2010.

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Yellow may not be the favourite colour of most people -- but with canola currently selling for around 14 dollars a bushel -- producers better get used to it.

Crop Specialist Harry Brook says there could be up to 20 million acres of it in the Prairies.

At 13 dollars a bushel -- Brook says a canola crop that yields 40 bushels to the acre would generate 520 dollars.

And he will turn into a major profit with input costs just over 300 dollars.

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There is still a need for the shelterbelt tree program.

That is when Agriculture Ministers in the Prairies will tell federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz when they meet today in Ottawa.

The program -- which provides free trees to farmers -- is being axed as the federal government tries to save money.

Ritz has said farming techniques have changed since the program started more than 100 years ago and it's not as necessary now to reduce soil erosion.

The National Farmers Union calls the move "scorched earth policy."

The group says the move will have negative consequences for Prairie farmers, their crops and livestock, soils, wildlife and the climate.

 

 


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