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Agriculture Report

A Fortune for Food in 2017?

By Fadi Didi

You can expect to pay more at the check-out in 2017.

A new report estimates the typical Canadian family will spend up to 420 dollars more on food next year, with prices rising between three and five per cent.

Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax say meat, vegetables, fish and other seafood are among some of the food categories expected to rise the most, increasing by four to six per cent.

Their report says fruit and nuts will increase between three and five per cent.

The blame goes to the low Canadian dollar and U-S president-elect Donald Trump's first year in power as factors pushing up prices.

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Maintaining Canada's food supply home and abroad will rely on technology, diversity and innovation.

Farm Credit Canada has released its Canadian Agriculture's Productivity and Trade report.

It points out that while global demand for food is growing, the top exporting countries cannot increase output by
just putting more land into production.

In fact, major exporters lost agricultural land as a proportion of their total land base between 1961 and 2013. 

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The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, along with several partners in the canola industry, is proud to announce the launch of a new exhibition that will highlight the science and innovation behind canola in time for canola's 50th anniversary in 2017.

Canola: A Canadian Story of Innovation is a travelling exhibition that will begin its national tour at the Canola Council of Canada's "Good As Gold" 50th Annual Convention in Winnipeg March 7th to the 9th.

A long term exhibit is also expected to be developed by the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, and is slated to open in 2017.

The exhibition and related education programs will explore the science and stories of ingenuity behind the development, cultivation and future of the versatile crop.

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Potato producers in Manitoba seem to be getting better with each passing year.

That is according to Carman-area producer Jason Kehler.

He grows about 850 acres of potatoes and says 2016 was a record year for many growers thanks to cool, wet weather conditions and an early planting season.

However with the large crop, storage has been in issue for many producers.


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