Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Food Source Education

By Fadi Didi

The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report put out by the U-S-D-A had little good news for farmers.
     
Cattle, hog, broiler, and turkey prices are forecast down for the final quarter of this year.
     
The department says that's due to large current supplies of each product.
     
The U-S-D-A also notes that pressure is likely to continue on prices through 2017 as livestock supplies are expected to remain high.

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Saskatchewan is working to recognize the crucial role that veterinary technologists play in the health of livestock and other animals.
     
The government says more than 400 registered veterinary technologists work in the province, including at veterinary clinics, government ministries, commercial livestock operations, and veterinary pharmaceutical companies.
     
Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says they help promote animal health, public health, food safety and economic prosperity for producers.
     
The province has proclaimed Veterinary Technician Week to mark their work.

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The slide in hog prices took a momentary pause last week thanks to Hurricane Matthew.
     
Wild weather shut down a number of east coast plants, leading to nearly a five per cent drop in U-S hog processing numbers on the week.
     
A market analyst notes the U-S-D-A increased its 2017 pork production estimates by 1.4 per cent from last month.
     
The department now anticipates 3.8 per cent more pork next year on top of this year's record numbers.
     
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada reports the nation's pork production is still 2.3 per cent ahead of last year's pace.

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A coalition of farm groups in Saskatchewan is working to educate consumers about where their food comes from.
    
Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan hopes to answer questions about everything from growth hormones, G-M-Os, and what organic really means.
    
The organization is hoping that farmers and other people involved in agriculture will help spread the word.
    
Farm and Food Care is holding workshops in the province to help people who want to be advocates to brush up on their industry knowledge.


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