By Claire McCormack
Ten Research Projects to make farming better and easier are getting government money.
Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Ron Bonnett says Canada is one of only a handful of countries that can produce more food than its consumes.
The group argues governments need to invest strategically to ensure producers can stay competitive on the global stage.
The federation suggests that includes tools to be successful in domestic markets, such as supply management.
The group's summer board meeting called for the government to consider agriculture when looking at policy changes linked to trade and transportation.
The board also pointed out rail transportation is a critical concern for grain farmers servicing customers overseas.
The Canada and Manitoba governments will invest nearly 400-thousand dollars in 10 research projects expected to provide practical, on-farm benefits to producers.
The Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute is one of the funded organizations and will receive 288-thousand dollars to conduct six research projects.
They range from hemp harvesting for use in fibre processing to guidelines and tools for consolidating on-farm surface water, and comparing canola harvest methods.
C-E-O Dave Gullacher says recent studies show work such as this produces up to 20 dollars in benefits for every dollar invested.
Canadian live hog exports to the U-S for what amounts to the first half of this year are up 6-point-6 per cent from a year ago.
Agriculture and AgriFood Canada says that's despite an almost 7 per cent drop in barrow, gilt and sow exports.
Department figures show that drop has been more than offset by a just over 10 per cent increase in the number of feeder pigs shipped to the U-S so far this year.
Federal-provincial hog slaughter up to July 16th of this year comes to 11-point-3 million head, up 1-point-7 per cent from a year ago.
Ontario slaughter numbers are up 1-point-1 per cent at just under 2-point-8 million head.
Federated Co-operatives Limited is investing 75 million dollars on two high-throughput fertilizer terminals in Western Canada.
Groundwork is underway at building sites at Hanley, about 60 kilometres south of Saskatoon, as well as Brandon, Manitoba.
The facilities will warehouse, blend and distribute a wide variety of fertilizer products through the Co-op Retailing System.
The Hanley terminal will have a capacity of 45-thousand metric tonnes of fertilizer, while the Brandon terminal will be able to hold 27-thousand metric tonnes.
The United States Department of Agriculture says the number of cattle on feed in the U-S on July 1st was up 1 per cent from a year ago.
The total came to 10-point-4 million head.
Placements in U-S feedlots during June came to 1-point-5-3 million head while marketings were 1-point-9-1 million head.
That's an increase of 3 per cent over last year for placements, a nine per cent increase for marketings.