Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Potential Farm Deal with China


Premiers from across Canada to participate in mission to China


There could be some new farm deals signed this month between Canada and China.

Premiers from nine provinces and territories in Canada will participate in the Council of the Federation mission to China.

It begins today and continues until the 20th.

Reports suggest exports to China last year were worth 968 million dollars -- led by nickel, copper, canola seed, soya beans and pork.

The mission will include stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.


The provincial and territorial Agriculture Ministers are meeting with federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz later this week.

They are hoping to finalize a new farm support policy framework for the next 5 years.

Ritz notes there has already been widespread discussions with various farm organizations and agri-business groups.


Grain handler Viterra says a big one-time income tax charge drove down net profits in the third quarter.

The Calgary based company -- which is being acquired by Glencore International -- says net earnings were 111 million dollars for the 3 months ending in July.

That compared with earnings of 123 million in the same period last year.

Revenue was up to a total of 2.2 billion dollars.


The organizers of next year's World Plowing Championship in Olds, Alberta are heading to this year's championship in Croatia this week.

At the completion of this year's event -- the Alberta organizers will receive the official world plowing flag.

They'll also promote next year's event in central Alberta.

The world championships feature 60 competitors from over 30 countries -- showing skills in conventional and reversible plowing classes on both stubble and grass plots.


A family in Alberta has grown a maze that's been recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest Q-R code.

The Kraay family's code directs people to the website for their mazes -- which in the past have featured maps of Alberta and Canada, or logos for Alberta sports teams.

To prove it works -- they flew over their farm in a helicopter and held a phone out the window.

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