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Agriculture Report

Ritz Receives Award

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Federal Ag Minister uses opportunity to tout work to increase sales.


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Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is touting his government's efforts to increase international sales in the special crops and pulse sectors.

Ritz was speaking last week at the annual convention of the Canadian Special Crops Association -- where he was given a president's award.

He says the sector is being helped through the negotiation of free-trade agreements with major customers -- such as the European Union, India and Morocco.

Canadian exports of crops such as peas, lentils, canary seed and mustard seed totalled 2 and a half billion dollars last year.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz welcomes an agreement between the Canadian Wheat Board and Viterra.

The board is signing handling agreements because it needs access to elevators and terminals after losing its monopoly on western wheat and barley sales.

The deal with Viterra is one of six that will give farmers delivery points across Western Canada.

Gerry Ritz says the deal shows the grain marketing agency has a future without its monopoly.

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You will notice a name change for Pioneer Hi-Bred next month.

It will become DuPont Pioneer.

The company says Pioneer Hi-Bred is becoming further integrated into DuPont's food and agriculture business -- which also includes DuPont Crop Protection and DuPont Nutrition and Health.

In Western Canada, Pioneer Hi-Bred is primarily involved in selling canola, soybean and corn seed, as well as silage inoculants.

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There may be some changes with country of origin labelling.

U-S Trade Representative Ron Kirk suggests his country is unwilling to completely abandon some of the rules, despite a ruling by the World Trade Organization.

The W-T-O has decided U-S rules that force country of origin labels on Canadian products violate trade agreements.

Kirk acknowledged that the ruling found flaws in the American rules.

But he says the Obama administration remains committed to ensuring that information on the origin of all food products is available to American families.

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And a former professor at the University of Manitoba has been named the new Vice President of crop production with the Canola Council of Canada.

Rempel holds two master's degrees as well as a P-h-D in environmental biology and biotechnology from the University of Guelph.

He replaces Denise Maurice, who passed away last November.

 


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