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Agriculture Report

A Call for More Inspectors


Maple Leaf Foods says visual inspections would not spot problems.


The president of Maple Leaf Foods says he would welcome more inspections of his company's plants.

But Michael McCain says visual inspections alone would not be likely to spot problems such as listeria.

An outbreak of listeriosis last summer killed 21 people. 


The head of the agriculture section of the Public Service Alliance of Canada is calling a study on last year's Listeria outbreak a "whitewash.''

Union leader Bob Kingston says there's a shortage of food safety inspectors across the country -- which he says isn't being addressed.

The news follows an Ontario report released last week that says the provincial and federal response to such outbreaks needs to be strengthened.


The National Farmers Union says its ties with R-Calf have been taken out of context.

The N-F-U's Alberta director was recently quoted in an R-Calf news release appearing to make friendly statements about the American protectionist group.

But an N-F-U spokesperson says the comments were specifically made about R-Calf's work at reducing packer control in the industry.


The federal government, through Genome Canada, has announced 12 new genomic research projects in the areas of bioproducts and crops.

Federal government funding for the 12 projects is 53 million dollars with another 59 million coming in matching funding from Canadian and international partners.

There were 48 applications from across the country for Genome Canada funding.

The winning projects were selected by an international panel of scientists.


The head of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada believes most people take the soil for granted.

And Glenn Shaw says once land is taken out of production for the expansion of cities it is nearly impossible to reclaim for future food production.

He says people have the mistaken perception that there is lots of land in Canada.

Shaw made his comments as National Soil Conservation week got under way.

It runs from April 19th to 25th. 


Flooding in the Red River Valley will lead to a decrease in spring wheat acres on both sides of the Canada - U-S border.

Market analyst John Sanow says seeding delays caused by the water mean there is likely to be a shift from spring wheat to soybeans.

Meanwhile, Sanow says the North America-wide shift from corn to soybeans will probably not be as large as was anticipated earlier this winter.


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