Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmland Values Increase

By Fadi Didi

Report shows price of farmland in southwestern Ontario has jumped again.

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Farmland appears to be a hot commodity.

Stats show the average price for farmland in southwestern Ontario was up almost four per cent in 2015 from 2014.

That's good but smaller than the 20 to 30 per cent increases enjoyed between 2010 and 2013.

Ryan Parker at Valco Consulting suggests weakening commodity prices have helped slow the pace of the increases.

But the stats also show an increase in the number of sales from 2014 to 2015.


The Canadian cattle industry is hopeful 2016 will be an expansion phase for cattle inventories -- and a Stats Canada report shows small steps in the right direction.

According the report, Canadian farmers had 12 million cattle on their farms as of January 1st this year, which is up 0.3 per cent from last year.

One of the most important numbers from the report is the increase in beef heifers.

As of January 1st, Stats Canada reflects a four per cent year over year increase in beef heifers on Canadian farms.


We told you earlier this week about the effort to switch from Heinz to French's ketchup in the Queen's Park cafeteria.

Now the University of Windsor has made the switch.

The push is meant to support local jobs after Heinz pulled out of nearby Leamington.

French's ketchup is made from tomato paste from Leamington.


The C-E-O of a U-S research organization says the current culture in North America is proving detrimental to animals, human health and the environment.

Isha Datar of New Harvest says the future of food will see science changing how meat, milk and other animal products arrive on dinner plates.

Hen-less egg whites, cow-less milk and practically pig-less meat are projected to appear in grocery stores as early as five years from now.

Datar says the solution is cellular agriculture -- which means harvesting the animal products from cell cultures rather than whole animals.


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