Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Funding for Canadian Cattle


Canadian Cattlemen get three million for Beef Info-Xchange System.


The Canadian Cattlemen's Association has received another 3 million dollars from our federal government.

The money is to expand the Beef Info-Xchange System -- which allows the transfer of animal and carcass data from producer to processor.

The funding is on top of the 5.3 million dollars announced last year for the system.


The Canadian Swine Health Board is providing more money to Ontario Pork.

The funding will allow the group to process one thousand more barn sites for the National Biosecurity Training program.

Ontario Pork recently processed its 500th barn site.

The program began last fall to help producers and veterinarians offset some of the costs of adopting set standards in their businesses.


And a new person has been appointed to the board of directors of Farm Credit Canada.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz confirmed the appointment of Jason Skinner.

He has served as a director with the Crown corporation since 2009 and is also the CEO of North West Terminal in Saskatchewan.

Farm Credit Canada has a portfolio of more than 22 billion dollars.


And Liberal deputy leader Ralph Goodale says the federal government is dragging its feet on creating new rules governing railway service contracts.

Goodale says a legal framework is needed to ensure the country's railways provide an adequate level of service to farmers and other shippers.



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