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Crop, livestock prices slip from 2008: StatsCan

Prices farmers received for their commodities fell 15.7 per cent in September 2009 from the same month a year earlier, as both the crops index and the livestock and animal products index declined, according to Statistics Canada. The prices producers received for crops in September were 17.2 per cent lower compared with September 2008, the […] Read more

Farm income up in 2008: StatsCan

Not all provinces or farmers saw or felt a benefit, but Canada’s realized net farm income rose for a second consecutive year in 2008, reaching $3.6 billion, according to Statistics Canada. Realized net income — the difference between a farmer’s cash receipts and operating expenses minus depreciation, plus income in kind — was $1.6 billion […] Read more


Farm cash receipts slipping: StatsCan

Canadian farmers’ cash receipts over the first nine months of 2009 have dropped 4.2 per cent from the year-earlier period to $32.8 billion, Statistics Canada reports. Farm cash receipts include gross crop and livestock revenues plus program payments. Market receipts from the sale of crops and livestock amounted to $30.3 billion between January and September, […] Read more

Canadian hog herd drops in 2009 Q3

Hog inventories on Canadian farms declined 7.3 per cent between the third quarter of 2008 and the third quarter of 2009. The main factors in the decline were low market prices, the restructuring of farms and farm closures. As of Oct. 1, Canadian farmers had 11.8 million hogs on their farms, down from 12.7 million […] Read more


August crop, livestock returns slip: StatsCan

Prices Canadian farmers received for their commodities fell 10.9 per cent in August from the same month a year earlier, as both the crops index and the livestock and animal products index fell. The prices producers received for crops in August were 10.2 per cent lower compared with August 2008, Statistics Canada reported Thursday with […] Read more

July crop, livestock prices drop from 2008: StatsCan

Prices Canadian farmers received for their commodities fell 12.2 per cent in July 2009 from the same month a year earlier, as Statistics Canada’s crops index and the livestock and animal products index both declined. The prices producers received for crops in July were 18.7 per cent lower compared with July 2008, the federal statistics […] Read more


Hog, cattle herds shrinking: StatsCan

The number of hogs and cattle on Canadian farms as of July 1 was down from the same date a year earlier, while the number of sheep remained virtually unchanged, Statistics Canada reported Thursday. Canadian hog producers on July 1 had an estimated 12.1 million hogs on their farms, down 6.7 per cent from July […] Read more

Hothouse fruit, veg sales up, flowers down: StatsCan

Sales of greenhouse products in Canada declined 7.6 per cent from 2007 to $2.1 billion in 2008, as an increase in fruit and vegetable sales was more than offset by a drop in sales of flowers and plants, Statistics Canada reported Monday. Total greenhouse area amounted to 20.8 million square metres, down from 20.9 million […] Read more


Hothouse fruit, veg sales up, flowers down: StatsCan

Sales of greenhouse products in Canada declined 7.6 per cent from 2007 to $2.1 billion in 2008, as an increase in fruit and vegetable sales was more than offset by a drop in sales of flowers and plants, Statistics Canada reported Monday. Total greenhouse area amounted to 20.8 million square metres, down from 20.9 million […] Read more

Crops price index drops for May: StatsCan

Prices farmers received for their commodities fell 4.8 per cent in May compared with May a year earlier, as the crops index fell, offsetting an increase in the total livestock and animal products index, Statistics Canada reported. The prices producers received for crops in May were 14.4 per cent lower compared with May 2008, the […] Read more