Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Almost Time for the Census

By Fadi Didi

The Canadian Census of Agriculture will be conducted next month.


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It's almost that time of year again.

The Census of Agriculture will be conducted next month.

It's done at the same time as the much larger Census of Population, as officials argue that saves 13 million dollars in costs.

But farmers have always questioned why the Census must be done in May during one of the busiest times of the year.

Greg Peterson -- the director-general responsible for the census -- says May is the best time because fewer people are away on holidays.

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Officials in the Canadian pork industry are keeping an eye on the loonie.

It has shown strength recently -- and the director of risk management with Hams Marketing Services says it's having an impact on some farms.

Tyler Fulton argues Canadian pork producers have been impacted more by recent currency movements than changes in actual pork prices.

That is because hog markets are priced in U-S dollars.

Fulton adds if the dollar continues to strengthen, it could significantly impact whether or not Canadian producers will turn a profit in months of heavy supply later this year.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has concluded a trade mission to Japan and South Korea.

He was joined by representatives from the Canadian meat, grain and oilseed sectors to emphasize the mutual importance of our trading relationships with these countries.

MacAulay says he promoted sales of high-quality Canadian wheat while in Japan.

And he also discussed the benefits of science-based trade as well as market access for Canadian agri-food products while in South Korea.



 


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