By Manny Paiva
FCC predicts Canada's livestock sector will be strong, GFO holds farm career day.
Farm Credit Canada predicts our country's livestock sector will have a strong 2014.
Chief economist J-P Gervais says beef producers especially should see healthy returns over the next couple of years.
The drought in the U-S and financial conditions have seen cattle numbers in the U-S decline for several years.
But Gervais says the Canadian herd is stable and appears ready to rebound.
He thinks Canadian producers are much better prepared to serve the North American market.
The Grain Farmers of Ontario are teaming up with the province today to offer the first ever Careers in Agriculture event.
It is being held today in Toronto and hundreds of high school students across the province will attend the event.
They can learn about environmental science, technology, business and communications.
The Grain Farmers predict Canada's rapidly expanding agri-food sector will need to fill more than 50 thousand positions in the coming years -- and the jobs will vary from robotics to plant science to marketing.
And a grain trader predicts Western Canadian farmers will be planting more canola this spring than in 2013.
Tracy Lussier at Louis Dreyfus Canada expects canola acres to increase by about 1.5 million across Western Canada to around 21.5 million.
Much of last year's crop is still in the bin because of the ongoing rail grain transportation backlog.
For the third straight year, Saskatchewan set a record for agriculture exports in 2013.
The province is reporting total sales of 11.7 billion dollars.
That is an increase of nearly 5 per cent from the previous year and 83 per cent above 2007.
Saskatchewan's agriculture exports represent 23 per cent of Canada's overall total.