Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Cattlemen Lobby Politicians


CCA wants U-S to improve cross border beef trade.


The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is ramping up its lobbying efforts in Washington this year for improvements to the cross-border beef trade.

And the association says it's fight against U-S country of origin labelling rules is at the top of the list.

The C-C-A says it wants to build on a commitment made by President Obama this month to streamline cross-border business.

The group also hopes the World Trade Organization will rule in Canada's favour on COOL in a ruling expected in July.


Much of the talk at the recent meeting of Canada's agriculture ministers was about meat.

The ministers are preparing to launch 19 pilot projects across Canada to expand inter-provincial trade in meat.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says breaking down trade barriers at home and abroad will yield greater returns for Canada's meat industry.


Some good news for grain farmers on the Prairies.

The Canadian Wheat Board has sent a recommendation to the federal government -- for additional increases to the 2010-11 initial payments for wheat, durum and barley.

If approved -- it would further increase payments to the base grades of wheat, durum, feed barley and malting barley in the range of 33 to 75 dollars per tonne.

The timing of payments can't be confirmed until the federal government approves the recommendation.


Biodiesel will likely have to be imported from the U-S to meet the upcoming two per cent biodiesel mandate announced by the federal government last week.

But the general manager of the Canadian Canola Growers Association says the feds now needs to support the creation of biodiesel production facilities.

Rick White says growers would like the feedstock to be grown here, and the processing to be done here to establish a truly Canadian fuel market.

White notes there are currently no biodiesel production facilities in Western Canada.


A maple specialist in the U-S says the heavy snowfalls this winter should be good for syrup production.

Steve Childs of Cornell University says the snow insulates the ground, which means maples can draw up more moisture during sap flow.



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