By Fadi Didi
Grain Farmers is looking for someone to do a detailed study of key market opportunities for its members' crops.
The Grain Farmers of Ontario is looking for someone to do a detailed study of key market opportunities for its members' crops.
C-E-O Barry Senft says they want to get a comprehensive understanding of the current utilization of Ontario barley, corn, oats, soybeans and wheat.
He argues the report would help better position those crops -- and it would include expanding existing and premium markets.
The U-S Department of Agriculture has lowered its forecasts for total U-S meat production this year and for 2016.
Officials say the reason is slower marketings of fed cattle and reduced cow slaughter.
Pork production forecasts for both years are unchanged.
A craft cheese maker in Quebec plans to grow its market share in Ontario and push into the U-S.
La Fromagerie du Presbytere has won a number of prizes in Quebec and Canada for its cheeses.
The company says their move is in response to competition from European cheeses as well as potential future competition from cheeses from the U-S.
The Alberta government has declared that the hardship to agriculture from this year's drought constitutes a disaster.
It allows the province's Agriculture Financial Services Corporation to access more funds for insurance compensation.
Many Alberta regions have already declared local states of agricultural emergency due to heat and drought -- and are seeking government assistance.
Officials say the dry weather and hail has resulted in a "significant increase'' in the number of claims across Alberta.