Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Meaford Farmer Leads Gay Lea Co-op

By Manny Paiva

Paul Vickers has been elected Chair of the Board for the Gay Lea Dairy Co-op.

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Input costs for Canadian farmers were down a bit in the last quarter of 2013.

Stats Canada says it was just a 0.2 per cent drop nationally.

The biggest changes were a 2.4 per cent drop in animal production input costs and a 1.1 per cent increase in costs for machinery and motor vehicles.

Ontario was the only province to report a drop in year-over-year input costs.


A Meaford area farmer has been elected Chair of the Board for the Gay Lea Dairy Co-op.

Paul Vickers has been involved with Gay Lea for the last 24 years, and 12 as a director.

Vickers owns and operates Vickhaven Farms with his wife Stephanie and four children.

Vickers says he looks forward to continued growth of the farmer owned co-op.


Farmers in the U-S are just as frustrated as Canadian farmers when it comes to railway delivery.

U-S farmers say delays in fertilizer delivery could disrupt planting season.

The U-S Surface Transportation Board has ordered B-N-S-F Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer this spring.


And the Premier of Saskatchewan suggests farmers will be affected by news that the U-S will delay a decision on approval for the Keystone X-L pipeline.

Brad Wall took to Twitter over the weekend, saying that without the pipeline, more oil will be shipped by rail.

He says it will mean fewer rail cars for grain and potash.



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