Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

NFU President Visits

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Terry Boehm will speak in Walkerton tonight.


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Federal officials are in the final stages of a deal to resume Canadian beef exports to South Korea.

Seoul was the last major Asian government still banning Canadian beef imports after the industry was ravaged by a bout of mad-cow disease nearly a decade ago.

Our government says Korea will import Canadian beef less than 30 months of age, and the market could be worth 30 million dollars by 2015.

South Korea was Canada's fourth biggest beef market in 2002 -- the year before mad cow was first reported in Alberta.

Canadian officials will also formally request suspension of an investigation by the World Trade Organization into its complaint against Seoul over the beef ban.

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The President of the National Farmers Union will be in Walkerton today.

Terry Boehm will speak at 7 PM tonight at the Victoria Jubilee Hall about the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement.

Canada is currently negotiating the deal with the European Union and argues it will give farmers new market access.

But Boehm argues it could put some farmers out of business.

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Canada is in the final stages of a deal with South Korea to resume beef exports

Seoul was the last major Asian government still banning Canadian beef imports after the industry was ravaged by a bout of mad-cow disease nearly a decade ago.

The government says under the agreement -- Korea will import Canadian beef less than 30 months of age, and the market could be worth 30 million dollars by 2015.

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A beef marketing enterprise has gained full control of Alberta's biggest lamb processor.

Canada Gold Beef now owns 100 per cent of SunGold Specialty Meats.

SunGold is based in Innisfail, Alberta and until only recently operated under the name Sunterra Meats.

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A British seed vendor claims a link that French officials are making between it and an E. coli outbreak near Bordeaux are unsubstantiated.

France halted the sale of fenugreek, mustard and arugula sprout seeds from British mail order seed and plant company Thompson and Morgan after eight people were hospitalized.

The company believes something local in the Bordeaux area -- or the way the product has been handled and grown -- is responsible.

Some of those affected by the outbreak were infected by the same strain of E. coli that has killed 44 people -- all but one in Germany.

 

 

 


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