Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

New Market for Canadian Beef


Report says South Korea plans to re-open to Canadian beef.


Our farmers could soon be sending beef to another market.

A South Korean news agency is reporting its long running trade dispute with Canada may be settled as soon as next month.

South Korea's ban on Canadian beef dates back to the discovery of the first domestic B-S-E case in May 2003.

The country has been accused of using the B-S-E issue to protect domestic beef producers from competition.


A livestock welfare specialist is touting the benefits of the equine identification document.

The document was introduced last summer and is required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

It includes owner information, identification of individual horses, their age, visible markings, and information regarding the history of treatments for the animal.

Adrienne Herron says it's step forward for the horse industry -- and it gets people keeping records.

The document is not required to be filled out at the time of sale for all horse owners.


The Saskatchewan S-P-C-A is concerned about the increase in complaints about the condition of horses.

In 2010, the organization received 186 complaints.

In the first nine weeks of 2011 alone -- it has already received 65 tips on injured, neglected or malnourished horses.


The Canadian Wheat Board says wheat prices will peak this crop year and show a downward trend in the new crop year -- beginning in August.

The revised forecast sees the price of high-grade wheat at almost 8 dollars a bushel this crop year.

Uncertainty and improved wheat prospects have prompted a downturn in the wheat market.

For high-grade durum -- the price outlook is far better in the new crop year beginning August 1st.


The federal and Alberta governments have announced a partnership to help boost Alberta's agriculture exports.

The program is called "New Products, New Markets."

The total cost of the program is 2.1 million dollars -- and the aim is to market Alberta companies around the world.


And here is another case of buyer beware.

A landscaper on Long Island in New York is accused of mixing hazardous materials into the garden mulch he was selling to customers.

Victor Liotta faces several environmental charges.

Prosecutors allege the wood chips also contained construction waste -- including plastic chips, floor tiles, rags, sheet metal and rubber.



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