More than million given to Canadian Livestock Genetics Association
Our federal government is giving more than one million dollars to the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association to create new markets to export dairy genetics.
The group will do this by participating in key trade shows and targeted trade missions, conducting market assessments and training more farmers in the production and transfer of embryos.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada will also receive 130 thousand dollars to develop niche markets for high-value cheese made in Canada.
More than half of Canadian exports of specialty cheeses go to the U-S -- a market which received more than 12 million dollars worth of specialty cheeses from Canada in 2010.
Some of Canada's food industry leaders will meet this week.
The Canadian Food Summit is being held in Toronto tomorrow and Wednesday.
They will talk about the quality of food and its availability as well as rising food prices.
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is also holding its annual general meeting.
It takes place tomorrow and continues on Wednesday in London.
Along with changes to the Canadian Wheat Board -- farmers are to gain direct control of research and market promotion at the Canadian International Grains Institute.
Until now around 70 per cent of the institute's funding came from the board.
The change will mean farmers will fund the operation with a check-off that will be applied to sales of wheat, durum and barley.
With the check-off, the institute will become directly accountable to producers.
The Winnipeg-based institute is known for its food processing expertise and works with international customers to promote the use of Canadian field crops.