Country 105

 

     
Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Farms Not Certified As Organic

By Manny Paiva

Many farmers choosing not to certify their operations as organic.


Length: 1:29

There are many small-scale farmers who choose not to certify their farms as organic.

A working group made up of organic consultants and farmers is looking into it.

A survey of farmers across the country got almost 200 responses, and a common concern was that a certification process designed for international and national trade doesn't work well for diversified small farms focused on local markets.

Others raised concerns about the cost and the amount of paperwork.

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Farm Credit Canada has some insight into the agrifood supply chain from the latest quarterly outlook from the Bank of Canada.

Chief agricultural economist J-P Gervais says the report points to a continued weak labour market in Eastern Canada and projects slower consumer spending.

He suggests that could put a ceiling on livestock prices.

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Applications are still being accepted for the Growing Assurance-Food Safety On-Farm program.

Swine producers can apply under four categories -- animal welfare, biosecurity, food safety on-farm, and workplace safety and health.

Up to 16-thousand dollars in government funding is available per registered site.

The deadline for applications is December 5th.

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It's the richest indoor rodeo in Canada and 2014 was another successful year for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.

The final numbers are in -- more than 181 thousand people attended the C-F-R at Rexall Place and at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.


 

 


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