Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Mixed Views for Federal Budget

By Fadi Didi

President of Canadian Federation of Agriculture feels some key issues were missed in the budget.

Length: 1:05

The President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture has mixed feelings about last week's federal budget.

Ron Bonnett says he was glad to see investments in research, climate change, and rural development.

But Bonnett says he wanted more focus around improving tax treatment of inter-generational farm transfers.

He notes there is a meeting scheduled to explore the topic further, so it isn't a dead issue.

Bonnett adds a lot of Canadian supply-managed farmers were also looking for more detail in the budget about mitigating the impact of new trade deals.


Good news for Canadian poultry farmers.

Mexico has lifted a ban on fresh poultry meat imports that were put in place in 2004 after an outbreak of avian flu.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says it paves the way for exports of chicken, turkey and duck.

Officials estimate the move is worth about 3-million dollars a year.

The government adds it is working to lift other import restrictions from avian flu still in place in Mexico.


A relatively mild winter has led to fewer instances of wildlife, such as deer, getting into on-farm hay and forage supplies.

The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation for example says there have been a small number of claims, about 60 in all.

But he says wildlife typically stay in their natural habitat and are not looking for additional feed.


And the second-largest burger chain in the country is making the switch to French's ketchup.

The company that runs A&W restaurants in Canada says it's always looking for Canadian suppliers and already uses tomatoes from Leamington.

French's ketchup became an Internet and media sensation after a man's Facebook post praised the company for using 100 per cent Canadian-grown tomatoes.


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