Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Tracing Food is Lacking

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Ability to trace foods from farm gate to retail is lacking.


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Canada is apparently lacking the ability to trace foods from the farm gate to the retail level.

Keystone Agriculture Producers president Ian Wishart says many other countries are much further ahead in creating traceability measures.

He says Ottawa should employ a system that is nationally integrated and more efficient.

The producers say individual provincial programs create conflicts and compatibility issues.

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Negotiations with the U-S to change Country of Origin labelling laws are making little progress.

International Trade Minister Stockwell Day says American response to his request to alter the legislation hasn't been positive.

Day says the U-S understands Canada's position on the legislation but hasn't come up with a solution that works for both countries

He says if talks don't start showing signs of a resolution, Canada will ask the World Trade Organization to intervene.

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Bison markets are continuing to improve.

Terry Kreminiuk, director of the Canadian Bison Association, says higher trim prices have resulted in higher values for mature bulls.

Total bison boneless meat exports for the first quarter of 2009 were 52 per cent stronger than in 2008.

Markets also are reporting that middle cuts, which are usually harder to sell, are on the move as well.

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The U-S winter wheat harvest, world grain supplies and the tightening of corn supplies are some of the factors affecting last month's price outlook from the Canadian Wheat Board.

Market analyst Arvin Pirness says wheat prices have been pressured by progress in the American winter wheat harvest.

But he says the quality of the crop is looking poor, with more than a third of it infected with fusarium.

Global supplies, though, are not threatened at all by the problems in North America.

He says feed barley prices have been supported by smaller corn supplies.

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Growers who didn't get a crop in this spring may want to prepare for winter wheat seeding.

Manitoba Agriculture says the key to a successful winter wheat crop is adequate snow cover.

The stubble needs to hold 10 centimetres or more of snow.

Producers can ensure that by providing a lot of short sticks or a few taller sticks of stubble.

Growers also are encouraged to seed earlier than normal in late August to ensure a well-established plant that is more suitable to survive the winter.

 


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