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Agriculture Report

COOL in Canada

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Calls for Canadian Country of Origin labelling.


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There's growing support for Canadian country of origin labelling laws.

Many producers are wondering why Canadian products have to meet strict American guidelines -- while meat from the U-S flows much more freely off Canadian store shelves.

The Manitoba Pork Council notes at least 25 per cent of the pork sold in Canada comes from the United States.

Many feel labelling requirements would be one way of putting Canadian producers on a level playing field with the Americans if a World Trade Organization case against the U-S is not successful.

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Canadian farmers must come together to address some of the bigger issues in agriculture.

That's according to Laurent Pellerin, the President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

He says groups like his have been criticized for not taking a strong enough stance on certain federal policy issues.

But Pellerin says the C-F-A's position is simply a reflection of the consensus among producers, and says the voice of Canadian farmers will continue to suffer if producers are not willing to compromise.

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The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters says coyote predators in parts of southern Ontario has been increasing for years and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The group says livestock kills by coyotes and other wildlife cost taxpayers more than a million dollars in compensation payments in 2008 -- and that figure doesn't begin to reflect the true costs to the farmer.

The federation says it supports the efforts of municipalities that are taking action to assist their residents through coyote harvesting incentive programs.

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Ian Wishart will remain president of the Keystone Agriculture Producers for another year.

He was unopposed at the group's annual meeting.

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Transport Canada is conducting a review of the rail system to develop recommendations to improve rail freight and transportation in Canada.

Officials say the goal is to develop recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the rail transportation system in Canada.

He says for most grain and oilseed shippers, rail is the only practical form of transport to get their goods to port.

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And the Canadian Wheat Board is backing efforts by the federal government to reach a free trade agreement with Morocco.

Morocco is a leading market for western Canadian durum -- with sales of nearly 200 million dollars in 2007-08.

 


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