Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Targeting Japan for Beef


CCA estimates beef sales to Japan could rise to 160 million dollars.



The Japanese market could be a windfall for Canadian producers.

Our federal government continues to encourage Japan to fully reopen its border to beef products that have been banned since the mad cow disease scare of 2003.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association estimates that Canadian beef sales to Japan could rise to 160 million dollars in the first year of full access.

Our government is also promoting products such as seaford and maple syrup.

Japan is the third-largest economy in the world.

It is also Canada's second-largest farm market -- worth almost 4 billion dollars in sales for farmers and food processors.


The Chair of the Manitoba Pork Council is concerned farm income support programs in Ontario and Quebec have upset the American pork industry.

Karl Kynoch says he has talked to American producers who are very concerned about subsidy programs in those two provinces.

The Ontario government just adopted its new risk management program, which is similar to a program being used in Quebec.

It is structured like an insurance program, with price support based on the cost of production.


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

The province says that surpasses Ontario as the top agri-food exporting province in Canada.

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


Farmers in Saskatchewan who have yet to get their crops in -- continue to be hampered by wet weather.

The west-central area of the province was the hardest hit over the weekend -- with 50 to 70 millimetres of rain.


Work is being done in central Alberta to turn a farmer's nuisance into fuel.

The Olds College Centre for Innovation is doing research into the potential of using non-traditional plants as biodiesel feedstock.

One of the most promising candidates is field pennycress -- better known as stinkweed to most farmers.

Stinkweed produces seeds with a high oil content and that oil gels at a lower temperature than canola oil.




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