G8 leaders want to promote investment in agriculture to combat hunger.
Prime Minister Harper and other G-8 leaders want to promote investment in agriculture to combat hunger in the face of the economic crisis.
They are expected to expand talks on food security in meetings with countries with emerging economies and with African countries over the next two days.
Officials say they are discussing the creation of an agricultural development fund for Africa -- with particular focus on small farmers.
The Canadian Pork Council has released a comprehensive guide for the hog industry for the next five years.
It includes a special swine flu recovery plan loan, adjustments to the advance payments program and a hog farm transition program.
The restructured hog industry would see a reduction in total production from 31 million hogs in 2008 to 25.5 million in 2014.
Exports of live hogs to the U-S will drop to 4 million head, down from 9.3 million last year.
Canola cash prices have begun to tumble, while basis levels remain firm.
Dry conditions across Alberta and Saskatchewan have cash dealers concerned about getting supplies at harvest time, which has kept basis prices relatively steady throughout the last few weeks.
Farmers may start locking up their bins now that prices have dropped below 10 dollars a bushel.
Some areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan are finally getting some rain after an extremely dry spring.
But it could be too little too late for many producers who simply won't have enough feed for winter.
The Alberta Beef Producers reports the drought -- combined with the impact of mad cow disease from a few years ago -- has some producers on the brink of giving up.
Hail claims across the Prairies are down significantly this year.
The Canadian Crop Hail Association says claims total 300 in Saskatchewan so far this year -- about one-third of last year's level.
As well, hail insurance sales are down this year.
The Manitoba Farm And Rural Stress line is receiving a much higher than normal volume of calls this summer as struggling farmers face high stress levels.
Spokeswomen Janet Smith says producers are feeling a lot of frustration, anger, and so much uncertainty.
She says stress can cause severe sickness.
Smith says most farmers who call in and discuss the issues facing them, end up with a renewed sense of hope and encouragement.
New safety standards aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli outbreaks are part of a U-S government effort to try to make food safer to eat.
A food safety panel established by President Barack Obama developed the new rules for eggs, poultry, beef, leafy greens, melons and tomatoes.
The standards also aim for better co-ordination and communication among the agencies overseeing the food supply.
Under the new rules, the Food and Drug Administration will help the food industry establish better tracing systems to track the origins of a bacterial outbreak.
As well, the Food Safety Inspection Service will increase sampling of ground beef ingredients in an effort to better detect E. coli contamination.