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Agriculture Report

New Deadstock Rules in Ontario

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Longer list of options for farmers as Canada talks tough with beef.


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Ontario producers now have a longer list of options for disposing of dead livestock -- but remain on the hook for the costs.

Poultry and other farmed animals not covered by the previous Dead Animal Disposal Act of 1968 are now included in the regulations.

But farmers are protesting the demise of provincial funding for deadstock disposal.

Conservative farm critic Ernie Hardeman says it's only a matter of time before carcasses start piling up because some farmers are unwilling to pay to have their dead animals hauled away.

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Canada is putting pressure on South Korea to resume imports of Canadian beef from animals under 30 months of age.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says he could go to the World Trade Organization's disputes panel.

Canadian beef has not been allowed in South Korea since the first case of mad cow disease was discovered in Alberta in May 2003.

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The Canadian Beef Export Federation supports the tougher stand federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is taking on beef trade with South Korea.

The federation believes the Asian country will only resume imports if forced to do so by the World Trade Organization's disputes panel.

Ritz says South Korea has until the end of this month to announce a timeline to reintroduce Canadian beef.

In 2002, Canadian beef exports to the Korean market were 17 thousand tonnes with a value of 60 million dollars.

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An industry group representing oat and barley growers, processors and marketers in Ontario has joined the Grain Growers of Canada.

President Doug Robertson welcomes the Ontario barley council, which he says includes farmers who bring experience on the issues facing the supply chain.

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A study by researchers at the University of Regina suggests consumers remain reluctant to consume Maple Leaf Foods products.

It has been 6 months since the company recalled products contaminated with Listeria.

The survey of nearly one-thousand consumers across Canada found that 40 per cent of people who knew about the recall have not eaten Maple Leaf products since.

But the survey also suggests that Canadians believe Maple Leaf did a good job dealing with the crisis.

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Cargill has pledged 30-thousand dollars per year for the next 3 years to support the National 4-H Citizenship Seminar.

The seminar -- held annually in Ottawa since 1972 -- gives senior 4-H delegates the opportunity to travel to the capital to learn about governance.

More than 50 delegates are to visit Ottawa over the next week for this year's seminar.

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Just over 400 head of livestock -- mostly beef cattle and a few horses -- have been reported missing in Saskatchewan since October.

That's according to 48 producer reports filed to the R-C-M-P and Provincial Livestock Inspection Offices.

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A study released in the U-S says older people who eat large amounts of red and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

The 10 year study of a half-million people over the age of 50 shows that eating the equivalent of a quarter-pound hamburger each day spikes the odds of death from cancer and heart disease.

 


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