Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

More Money For Farmers

By Kevin Bernard

Stats show farmers net income rose 1.1 per cent in 2013 to nearly 6.4 billion dollars.


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The net income for farmers across the country continues to rise.

Stats for 2013 show farmers realized net income rose 1.1 per cent to nearly 6.4 billion dollars in 2013 -- the fourth consecutive annual increase.

Realized net income measures the difference between a farmer's cash receipts and operating expenses, minus depreciation.

Canadian farm cash receipts last year jumped 2 per cent to 54.8 billion dollars.

Farm operating expenses after rebates rose 1.8 per cent to 42.2 billion.

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There is a new Executive Director for the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Caroline Emond -- a lawyer and lobbyist -- will begin the job in January.

Emond had worked for the national group from 1998 to 2006.

She most recently was the head of the Quebec General Delegation in Belgium.

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A new research chair at the University of Waterloo is going to focus on supply management.

Bruce Muirhead has been given the job.

He says Canada's involvement in various trade negotiations means supply management needs to be understood for what he calls its value and benefits to the entire food chain.

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Health Canada is proposing new regulations to allow ''gluten-free'' labels on specially produced oats.

The proposed changes would allow gluten-free claims to be made on packaging, promotional material and websites.

Grains such as wheat, rye and barley contain gluten and people with celiac disease must avoid eating gluten protein to prevent serious health problems.

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A weather and crop specialist with the Canadian Wheat Board says this year's disappointing winter wheat crop has affected planting intentions for next year.

Bruce Burnett says the board is estimating the winter wheat area has dropped about 20 per cent across the Prairies this fall.

He blames the poor results last year and the late harvest in a lot of areas.

 


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