Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Dairy Farmers Need New CEO

By Matt Villeneuve

Richard Doyle has been with organization for 38 years and will retire at the end of August.

Length: 1:11

The Dairy Farmers of Canada needs a new CEO.

Richard Doyle has been with the organization for 38 years and will retire at the end of August.

Doyle says his departure will allow the new C-E-O to build a team that will continue to promote dairy products and defend the interest of dairy farmers.


It's something the President of Cattle Trends says is unheard of.

Anne Wasko says the industry is in the rare situation right now -- where prices are strong throughout the industry.

She adds it's rare in this business for all sectors to be in the money.


But it's not all good news for farmers.

Up to 400 thousand hectares of farmland could go unseeded in Manitoba this year because of soggy conditions and relentless rain.

Dwayne Hodgins has been farming for 30 years and hasn't been able to seed more than three-quarters of his almost 25-hundred hectares.

His farm has received 300 millimetres of rain this spring, some of which fell on frozen ground because it took so long for the frost to melt.


A crop scientist from Mexico is the winner of the 2014 World Food Prize.

Sanjaya Rajaram -- who was born in India -- is credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease resistant wheat, adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions.

He is credited with developing 480 wheat varieties that have been released in 51 countries on six continents.

The 71 year old says the next big challenge is developing plants with more drought tolerance and staving off the effects of salt water intrusion as oceans rise.


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