Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Import Ban on Horses

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CFIA imposes ban on horses from New Mexico due to vesicular stomatitis.


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Vesicular stomatitis has been found in horses from New Mexico.

And the Canadian Food Inspection Agency immediately imposed an import ban.

Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that can affect horses, ruminants, and swine.

It can also cause influenza-like symptoms in people who come into contact with infected animals.

The last case in Canada was diagnosed in 1949.

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Canada's Competition Bureau says it has issued a "no action'' letter to a Swiss commodities producer over its proposed takeover of Viterra.

The 6.1 billion dollar takeover by Glencore International has come under government scrutiny because of potential effects on the Canadian market.

The letter means the bureau won't challenge the proposed deal -- but the bureau says it has yet to decide on other aspects of the proposal.

Under the deal -- Calgary-based Agrium and Richardson International based in Winnipeg would buy the majority of Viterra's Canadian assets.

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Our federal government is kicking in almost one million dollars towards a process that will turn waste vegetable oils and animal fats into fuels, chemicals and solvents.

The University of Alberta is getting the money to build a facility that will demonstrate and refine the process known as lipid to hydrocarbon technology.

Oils derived from algae may also be used in the process.

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Shell Canada has cancelled its plan to build a straw based ethanol plant at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

A Shell official says the projected cost of the multi million dollar project was just too high.

The plant would have produced up to 100 million litres of ethanol from agricultural waste a year.

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And a company in Manitoba claims to be the first hemp processor in the world to achieve the Global Food Safety Initiative's accreditation.

Shaun Crew of Hemp Oil Canada says it's critical for the company's growth and opens up new markets.

Crew says major companies like Kelloggs, Kraft or Nabisco won't even consider dealing with companies that don't have such stringent F-S-C accreditation.

Crew's company is one of the world's largest supplier of hemp food ingredients.

 

 


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