Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Who Will Be Left To Farm In 2050?

By Fadi Didi

Farmers Union President says there's a lack of government priority to keep people on family farms.

Length: 1:05

The president of the National Farmers Union in Ontario wonders what farming will be like in 2050.

More importantly, Emery Huszka wonders who will be left to farm them.
He says a lack of government priority to keep people on family farms in the face of free market pressure, combined with years of poor policy planning, has led to fewer younger farmers ready to take over the business.
Huszka feels the solution is in food sovereignty.
The NFU president says that means respecting each country's right to grow their own food, and selling only what it has in surplus to those who truly need it, as opposed to dominating small producers into submission by flooding their markets.


A number of Saskatchewan businesses, farmers and rural politicians have sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticizing his proposed carbon levy.
An Association of Rural Municipalities and 11 other groups say they support efforts to address climate change.
But they say plans to charge $10 per tonne of carbon starting in 2018 _ increasing to $50 by 2022 _ will hurt the provincial economy.

They call on Trudeau to reverse his decision until groups are properly consulted and the issue is well-researched.


Water was a key topic at a meeting of agriculture ministers from around the world in Germany during the weekend.

Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wrapped up the G-20 Agriculture ministers' Conference promising to safeguard a clean and sustainable water supply.

The agriculture ministers' communique also promised action on antimicrobial resistance and to share information and technology to help farmers increase food production.

MacAulay also announced a one million dollar contribution from Canada to the U-N Food and Agriculture Organization.


Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is accusing the Saskatchewan government of not doing enough to fight flooding along inter-provincial waterways.

Manitoba farm groups have long accused Saskatchewan of not following proper land-drainage rules, causing spring meltwater to rush downstream along the Assiniboine River and smaller rivers into Manitoba.

Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Moe says Saskatchewan farmers aren't responsible for all downstream flooding.

He says his province does work closely with Manitoba and Alberta, as well as the United States on water management.


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