Agriculture & the media

Statistics Canada published their annual statistics recently on the agriculture sector in Canada. The provide information on revenue (receipts), expenses and income (profits). There is also information on any subsidization by government.

Anyway, for 2004, the agriculture industry in New Brunswick posted a $17.8 million loss (as a whole) compared to at 10.5% profit margin in Canada as a whole. And how about those Albertans. As if oil wasn’t enough – their agriculture sector posted the best profits in Canada.

The NB profit numbers might be an anomoly although there was zero profit in 2003.

My question, did anyone read about this in the newspaper? Or hear about it on the news? Maybe, I didn’t canvass every media source. But you would think that New Brunswickers would want to know about this and have some understanding as to why.

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0 Responses to Agriculture & the media

  1. scott says:

    It is a bloody miracle that Alberta faired so well without the help of the feds and their mismanagement of the BSE crisis to boot.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can you provide the link to the subsidies?

  3. David Campbell says:

    It’s a bit complicated but if you go to http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051125/d051125a.htm and then scroll to the near the bottom you will find linls to the end PDF files. However, the subsidization levels in 2004 did not seem too high (except in Quebec). If you work your way through those documents you will find previous years had much higher levels of subsidization.