Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Help for Apple Farmers


Ontario's Ag Minister says growers who suffered frost damage will get relief.


Ontario's agriculture minister says the federal government is expected to help growers who suffered from damaging frosts earlier this spring.

Ted McMeekin says he's talked with Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and received assurances that the feds are prepared to help through existing support programs.

Industry officials estimate as much as 80 per cent of the apple crop, 30 to 40 per cent of the peach crop and all of the province's cherries and plums have been lost to frost damage.

A more exact damage estimate is expected by around June 5th.


A group of Canadian Wheat Board supporters is blaming a delay in building a pasta plant in Regina on the Harper government.

The Canadian Wheat Board Alliance says the Tories decision to scrap the board's wheat and barley monopoly has made the proposed Alliance Grain Traders plant less economically viable.

Bill Gehl says the company now realizes what grain farmers have known for decades -- that any kind of enterprise in the West faces brutal transportation economics simply because the Prairies are so far from big markets.


The agency that promotes the use of Canadian crops around the world is using its reserve funds to maintain operations until August -- when a new check-off on wheat and barley is set to come into effect.

The Canadian International Grains Institute was 70 per cent funded by the Canadian Wheat Board -- but as of April 1st -- the wheat board is no longer providing funding.

Executive director Earl Geddes says since most of its funding will come directly from the producer check-off -- the group will receive direction directly from farmers.


The battle to keep a devastating citrus disease out of California may have been lost.

After a week of testing -- the U-S Department of Agriculture confirms that citrus greening was detected in a lemon-grapefruit hybrid tree.

The bacterial disease has killed millions of citrus trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil.

It's carried by the Asian citrus psyllid and attacks a tree's vascular system -- producing bitter fruit and eventually killing the tree.

Sales and shipments of citrus trees within an eight-kilometre radius of the California tree have been suspended.




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