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Agriculture Report

Fewer Canadian Farms

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Census data shows number of Canadian farms continues to shrink


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New census numbers from Stats Canada show the number of Canadian farms is continuing to shrink.

The 2011 census of agriculture shows the number of farms in the country has dropped by about 23 thousand -- or 10.3 per cent -- since 2006.

It appears farmers are consolidating their operations -- leading to a nearly 7 per cent spike in the size of the average farm.

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Stats Canada data from its 2011 farm census also suggests farmers are re-evaluating the types of crops they produce.

The farming industry's main crops used to be evenly split between beef and grain -- but the latest numbers showed a drop in the number of beef farmers.

Oilseed and grain farms now account for 30 per cent of all farms and beef farms fell to 18.2 per cent from 26.3 per cent in 2006.

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A new report says the amount of ethanol produced globally has doubled since 2005.

The report was commissioned by the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance.

It pegs global biofuel production at 110 billion litres in 2010 -- and it forecasts that will grow to over 196 billion litres by 2020.

The report claims the industry supported nearly 1.4 million jobs in 2010 -- and predicts that number will grow to 2.2 million by 2020.

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Hog farmers aren't the only ones where Tim Hortons would like to see some changes.

The restaurant chain is also calling for enriched hen housing systems for it's egg suppliers.

Crystal MacKay is with Farm and Food Care Ontario.

She notes Canadian farmers have been very proactive in animal welfare -- with lots of examples of free run, organic and enriched cage system operations.

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And a disease that has killed millions of bats across the U-S and Canada has been found in Missouri.

Conservation officials say white nose syndrome has been confirmed in three bats.

The name describes a white fungus found on the faces and wings of infected bats and has not been found to infect humans or other animals.

Farm officials are worried because bats help kill crop pests.

 

 


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