Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Challenge To Find Workers

By Manny Paiva

Farm Credit Canada says a big issue for farmers will be finding workers with special skill.

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Farm Credit Canada says a big issue for farmers this year will be finding workers.

Chief Agricultural Economist J-P Gervais says hiring enough people with specialized skills will be a challenge.

To help deal with the problem, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council is inviting producers to have their say through an online survey to help find solutions to farm labour shortages.  


The 49th annual Grey Bruce Farmers Week begins today at the Elmwood Community Centre.

It is Beef Day -- and registration and the trade show will open at 9 this morning for those who can get their safely.

Beef Day was cancelled last year because of a winter storm -- and co-organizer Lorie Smith says they are using the same panel discussed planned for last year.

Dan Darling -- the Vice President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association -- is also scheduled to speak at today's session.

Dairy Day is tomorrow.


This week's cold weather is perfect for the 2015 icewine harvest in Ontario's Niagara region.

Paul Speck of Henry of Pelham says the ideal temperature for picking icewine grapes is between minus 8 and minus 12.

His workers bundled up and started harvesting on Monday. 


U-S hog slaughter numbers appear to be rebounding.

University of Missouri economist Ron Plain reports hog slaughter last week was up 15 per cent from Christmas week.

That's the first week since February 22nd with U-S hog slaughter above the year-ago level.

The numbers were down last year due to the high number of deaths caused by the P-E-D virus. 




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