Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Bi-National Labels Proposed

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Groups recommend a label that would read "product of the U-S and Canada."


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There may be a solution to the Country of Origin Labelling woes for Canadian beef and pork producers.

Canada's Fraser Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington are recommending a single, bi-national label.

It would read "product of the U-S and Canada.''

The groups also want to see border inspections removed and the countries work together on new regulations.

The study says the change would improve trade and reduce costs to consumers.

Canadian cattle exports have dropped 52 per cent and hog shipments are down 25 per cent since country of origin labelling started in 2009.

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Legumex Walker has opened its first processing operation outside of North America.

The Winnipeg based food processor says it has started a bean processing plant in China that can process 10 thousand tonnes a year.

Legumex Walker processes and sells lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas -- as well as other special crops and canola products.

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Our federal government has handed almost a million dollars in loans to two eco-friendly firms that support mink farms in Nova Scotia.

Spec Environmental Solutions is getting a 419-thousand-dollar loan to create a waste management system for efficient composting.

Southwest Eco-Energy is getting a 500-thousand-dollar loan to develop a system that will turn mink waste into bio-fuel instead of dumping it in landfills.

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They may be a national symbol for Canada -- but Saskatchewan's agriculture minister says beavers are a growing problem in his province.

All the extra moisture the province has received over the past two years has led to costly beaver damage for producers.

The federal government and Saskatchewan have announced 1.8 million dollars to help producers and municipalities control beavers, rats, gophers and wild boars.

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And a new dairy barn under construction at the University of Saskatchewan is being named after a well-known agriculture youth advocate.

John Rayner worked at the university until his death in 1952.

The Rayner Research and Teaching Facility is scheduled to open early next year.

 

 


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