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Agrimarketing : September 2009
30 Agri Marketing September 2009 Industry Update What a difference a year makes. As many experts predicted, the 2008 crop year proved to be a successful one for agriculture in Manitoba with many farmers achieving record rev- enues. Unfortunately the good news hasn't continued into 2009. With spring flooding in the Red River Basin, many farmers were late to get their seed in the ground while some in the province's Interlake region still hadn't harvested the 2008 crop due to excessive moisture. Compounding the late seeding woes were unfavourable weather conditions in both June and July. In fact, the month of July saw cooler temperatures across the province, breaking all-time lows throughout much of the agricultural regions. Given these cool and wet conditions, many experts are forecasting below- average crop yields, even if near per- fect weather conditions are realized throughout the month of August. On the livestock side of the industry, Manitoba pork producers continue to experience hardships that have brought their industry to the brink of collapse. Key among the con- cerns are high feed costs, a stronger Canadian dollar, reduced U.S. market access due to Country-of-Origin Labelling, reduced access to credit and fallout from the H1N1 flu. Producers in the province and across Canada are currently urging consumers to put pork back on their plates while peti- tioning federal government for greater economic support. CAMA MANITOBA UPDATE With a couple of months of much needed summer rest, the CAMA Manitoba board is now in full swing once again. Plans have already commenced for the 2010 Best of CAMA event which returns to the 2006 host city of Winnipeg. Efforts have already been made to secure the prestigious Hotel Fort Garry for the event with further details being announced at the 2009 Best of CAMA event in Niagara Falls. Following a successful season of seminars and education sessions, CAMA Manitoba is also hard at work securing a new slate of pro- gramming for 2009-2010. Central to the efforts will be the continued drive to provide members with the timely and relevant speakers and subject matter they desire. Stay tuned for more information. CAMA NATIONAL UPDATE It was a busy summer for the national committee with a number of key initiatives coming to fruition. Key amongst these were the re-establishment of the CAMA Alberta chapter and the launching of a newly designed website. CAMA Alberta, who was fea- tured in this column last issue, has continued their re-building efforts and are well along the path to becoming a successful chapter once again. On the web site front, with the development help of Farms.com, CAMA national and all of its provin- cial chapters now enjoy the benefits of fully functional, truly modern sites. To give the new sites a tour, visit us at www.cama.org AM MANITOBA NEWS CAMA UPDATE COVERING WESTERN CANADA Cory Bourdeaud'hui p: 204.954.1414 firstname.lastname@example.org PRACTICAL PRODUCTION TIPS FOR THE PRAIRIE FARMER WWW.GRAINEWS.CA Farms.com assisted CAMA in redesigning web sites for each of its chapters.
Best of CAMA 2009