Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Regional Farm Councils Needed


OFA wants feds to reverse decision on delivery federal programs.


The Ontario Federation of Agriculture wants the federal government to reverse its decision on using regional councils for federal program delivery.

That decision includes Ontario's Agricultural Adaptation Council.

O-F-A President Mark Wales says they should listen to the grassroots support for those regional councils and take another look at the numbers behind this decision.


There may soon be more opportunities for Canadian farmers.

Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kazakhstan for agricultural co-operation.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the deal will increase joint work in animal and plant production and development.

Ritz hopes it will lead to more trade opportunities -- particularly in the livestock and meat sector.

In 2011, Canadian agriculture and food exports to Kazakhstan totalled 14 million dollars.


Ontario is no longer Canada's top agri food exporting province.

Saskatchewan has now exceeded 10 billion dollars in agri-food exports in 2011.

Top exported products from Saskatchewan include canola, canola oil and non-durum wheat.


The recent damp weather has hurt farmers in Saskatchewan who were hoping to get a jump on seeding this spring.

The east central and southeast regions have recorded between 20 and 40 millimetres of rain in the last two weeks.

But many producers are welcoming the extra snow and rain.


The U-S Department of Agriculture has released its April supply demand estimates.

The report says corn stocks were left unchanged at 801 million bushels.

Soybean supplies were cut from 275 million bushels in March to 250 million -- which was just above the average trade estimate of 246 million.

U-S wheat ending stocks were in line with expectations -- but world ending stocks came in below trade estimates at just over 206 million tonnes.


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