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Agriculture Report

Protecting Our Food

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Manufacturers call for better food regulatory system.


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Canada's largest manufacturing sector is calling on agriculture ministers to support an improved and more responsive food regulatory system.

Agriculture ministers are meeting this week in New Brunswick.

Food and Consumer Products of Canada says an improved and more responsive food regulatory system would benefit all Canadians.

The group says the current food regulatory framework means that new and innovative food products are often delayed for years in bureaucracy.

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It's been a week since Canada announced the science based technical agreement with South Korea toward restoring market access for Canadian beef.

Korea has several procedural steps to complete before Canadian exports of under 30 month beef can flow later this year.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says every market access gain is another step toward stability for Canada's beef cattle industry.

The group feels South Korea is a lucrative market for Canadian beef and demand there helps to optimize the value of each animal.

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Trucks, tractors and furnaces across most of Canada are now running on renewable biodiesel.

The national two per cent biodiesel mandate came into effect on July 1st.

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association says the mandate -- which was only confirmed by the federal government last week -- will lead to increased investment in biofuel production.

Until more production facilities are built, biodiesel will have to be imported to meet the mandate.

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The early bird deadline for farmers to submit their variety surveys to the Canadian Wheat Board is July 15th.

The survey asks farmers to indicate which varieties of wheat, durum and barley they have seeded.

Early-bird prizes include a WeatherFarm monitoring station, a GPS and a portable weather meter.

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The Canadian Wheat Board is asking farmers to deliver on their durum contracts.

Due to flooding and wet conditions in much of the durum growing area -- many farmers have had trouble delivering sufficient volumes to meet customer demand.

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And a new report says Canada's wine industry has far outpaced overall growth in the beverage sector over the past decade.

B-M-O Capital Markets Economics says wine production has grown by 7.6 per cent a year since 1998 -- compared to just one per cent for the overall beverage sector.

But the report says the market share for Canadian wineries slipped to about one-third of the domestic market in 2010 in the face of intense pressure from imports.

 


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