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Agriculture Report

Successful Year For Grain Farmers


Another Financially Successful year for The Grain Farmers Of Ontario


The Grain Farmers of Ontario had another successful year, financially.

CEO Barry Senft says it was a combination of factors that resulted in higher than expected overall revenues.

He admits the first year of the merged organizations for the province's corn, soybean and wheat growers was a year of adjustment.

But Senft says the past year saw a more strengthened union as staff and members became more comfortable with the new structure.


The Keady Livestock Sale is being held again today.

The Grey Bruce Livestock Sale was held last week in Wiarton -- where 632 head of steers and heifers sold on good demand.

Steer calves from 800 to a thousand pounds sold from 136 to 145 dollars a head.

Heifers from 700 to 900 pounds sold from 126 dollars and 75 cents to 144 dollars a head.


The Deputy Liberal Leader Ralph Goodale is raising some concerns about the approval of Glencore's 6.1 billion dollar takeover of Viterra.

Goodale says he wants more detail about the federal government's approval process.

He is also worried about the lack of competition in the farm input supply business.


And the sunflower crop in southern Manitoba is maturing rapidly.

Keystone Grain -- the largest sunflower buyer in Canada -- says disease is very low in Manitoba and North Dakota.

The crop is said to be in good condition due to low moisture and humidity.


Farmers in Manitoba have committed to a seat on the board of directors of a farmer owned fertilizer plant being proposed in North Dakota.

The proposed billion dollar facility would produce fertilizer from western North American gas fields.

Keystone President Doug Chorney says they support the project because they're fed up with the high cost of fertilizer.



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