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Its time to put the friendly back into Manitoba farming.

Economic Facts

The agricultural industry think tank, George Morris Centre, recently estimated that at the producer level, Manitoba hog production generated only 1382 direct jobs.

Concentration of ownership

In terms of economic value, 82% of all hogs marketed came from 11% of the producers in Manitoba, indicating an extreme concentration of ownership and marketing power.

Two corporations—Maple Leaf Pork and Olymel—control 2/3 of Canada's hog slaughter capacity.

Taxpayer handouts

A recent Brandon University report estimated that the value of the subsidy package (in terms of financial, regulatory, research/development and environmental hidden costs), could be as high as $170 million per year. This figure does not include direct public funding made available through business risk programs that may top $100 million in 2008.