Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(BMO-Farm-Report)

A new report from B-M-O says foreign exchange developments have yielded very different experiences for farmers in Canada and the U.S.

Senior economist Aaron Goertzen says the U.S. dollar has gained 20 per-cent on a trade-weighted basis since 2014, another negative factor for U.S. crop prices.

Goertzen says the 17 per-cent drop in the Canadian dollar has provided a like-sized lift to crop prices north of the border.

As a result of the weaker loonie, Goertzen says domestic crop prices in Canada are 18 per-cent below all-time highs, compared to nearly 30 per-cent in the U.S. (CKRM)

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(Ag-Labour-Shortage)

There are labor shortages in all areas of agriculture but the most serious appears to be for livestock processors, cattle feedlots and pig barns.

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council has completed a three-year study which estimates the beef and pork sectors are looking at a labour gap in excess of 15-thousand people by 2025.

That compares to the current shortfall of approximately 43-hundred jobs.

The most significant factor is the retirement of these industries' older-than-average workforces. Over the next decade, nearly one in three Canadian beef workers and one in four Canadian pork workers are expected to retire. (CJWW)

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(Mba-Ag-Minister)

With another big crop this year, grain transportation was one of the key issues discussed in 2016.

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says there were some big yields seen this year, even though the quality might not have been there.

Eichler says he met with a number of stakeholders this past year including the Western Grain Elevators Association, the railways, and the federal government.

Eichler says overall, the 2016 harvest across western Canada was a successful one. (CHSM)

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(Farm-Internet)

In today's ag environment, reliable, high-speed Internet is becoming a must-have for most farmers. …

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