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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Canada Drops Trade Challenge


More than 30 commercial Canadian beef shipments have cleared South Korean border.



Our federal government has won a court battle over the future of the Canadian Wheat Board.

The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court ruling that said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz broke the law when he stripped the wheat board of its monopoly over western wheat and barley sales.

The lower court sided with former wheat board directors -- who said the law required the government to hold a plebiscite among farmers before making any changes.

But the federal Appeal Court says there is nothing to prevent the government from changing its own law in Parliament.


Our federal government is dropping the trade challenge against South Korea for its ban on Canadian beef imports.

That is because Korea restored access back in January.

Since then -- more than 30 commercial beef shipments from Canada have cleared South Korean customs.

South Korea first banned imports Canadian beef after the outbreak of mad cow disease back in 2003.


It's believed to be one of the largest single farmland transactions ever in Western Canada.

The Hudye group from Norquay has sold its farmland assets -- including over 20 thousand acres -- to the Spring Creek Hutterite Colony from Alberta.

Hudye President Braden Hudye says now was the right time to sell.

The sale price was not disclosed.

The family will continue to own its farm retail business, Hudye Soil Services.

The Hudye group has commercial real estate and petroleum interests in Saskatchewan and the U-S.



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