Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Changes To Grain Sector Rules

By Kevin Bernard

Federal government brings in legislation aimed at ensuring producers get paid for their crops.


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Our federal government continues to overhaul the rules in the grain sector.

It has brought in legislation aimed at ensuring producers get paid for their crops and to allow for the testing of grain in Eastern Canada.

The Modernization of Canada's Grain Industry Act will allow the Canadian Grain Commission to establish a compensation fund.

It would protect producers if licensed grain dealers or elevator operators fail to pay for grain deliveries.

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Some farm groups are hopeful about proposed changes to rules governing Canada's grain industry.

The Keystone Agriculture Producers like the idea of the compensation fund, but President Doug Chorney says they need to see the details.

Norm Hall is the president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.

He says farmers want to know how the compensation fund is going to be developed and what it is going to cost.

The legislation says it will be elevator and grain-handling companies that will bankroll the fund -- but Hall figures that cost will be passed onto producers.

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The base market hog price in Ontario went up last week.

The Ministry of Agriculture says the price jumped to 182 dollars and 37 cents per hundred kilos -- that is up 59 cents.

Spokesperson John Bancroft credits the lower dollar for offsetting the 27 cent drop in the C-M-E constructed price.

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The National Farmers Union has provided comments on the impact of the Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

The NFU says the deal should NOT be adopted.

In the comments submitted to the House of Commons Agriculture and Agri Food Committee -- the union says the deal provides no benefit for Canadian farmers.

The NFU says if anything -- the agreement has serious negative impacts.

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An Alberta man who tours the country as a motivational speaker spoke at this week's B-D-O Canada farm seminar in Walkerton.

35 year old Chris Koch told the crowd that if he can do it, anyone can.

Koch was born without arms and legs, yet works on the family farm near Calgary.

Koch credits his family and his community with making it possible for him to live a happy and productive life.

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More than 150 cattle valued at about 350-thousand dollars have been reported missing in southeastern Idaho.

Authorities suspect it's a case of modern-day cattle rustling as beef prices have soar.

 

 


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