Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Moving Meat Inspectors


Feds denie claim that move will put consumers at risk.


Our federal government denies a claim that moving meat inspectors out of plants in B-C, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will put consumers at risk.

Ag Minister Gerry Ritz claims they are working with the 3 provinces to ensure a smooth transition of inspection services while maintaining food safety standards.

Dozens of Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff will be pulled from their duties by January 2014 as a cost-saving measure.

The union says the 2014 deadline is too tight to fully train a new force of inspectors.


The Canadian Wheat Board says it welcomes the implementation of Canada's free trade agreement with Colombia.

The board says the market will benefit grain growers.

Starting Monday, Canadian wheat and barley exports are guaranteed duty-free access to the Colombia market.

Over the last five years, Canada has exported an average of 379 thousand tonnes of wheat and 72 thousand tonnes of malting barley each year to Columbia.


Fertilizer giant Agrium is harvesting rich earnings this year.

Agrium is reporting net earnings of 718 million dollars -- the best quarterly earnings in its history.

The Calgary based company says sales increased 40 per cent to 6.2 billion dollars.


The profits are churning at Canada's largest dairy producer.

Saputo says higher prices and lower ingredient costs helped it score a 13 per cent profit increase in the first quarter.


Insurance claims to the Canadian Crop Hail Association have doubled to more than five thousand in the past two weeks.

This follows a series of storms across the Prairies that produced hail as large as golf balls.

The organization says some of the storms have wiped out the entire crops of some individual farmers.


Prairie soybean growers are enjoying what the heat is doing to their crops.

Dry, warm weather is helping the soybeans progress and keeping disease pressure down.

Dennis Lange with Manitoba Agriculture says some rain is needed now to boost yield potential, and some growers have taken measures to control soybean aphids.


And Bertha army worms are on the wriggle in Prairie canola fields.

Experts say hot, dry weather is to blame.

Some growers in parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have already sprayed and all growers are being urged to check their canola fields.

Bertha army worms can significantly reduce crop yields.



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