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Agriculture Report

Food Prices Will Rise Next Year

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Record drought will push food prices up 3 to 4 per cent next year


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The record drought gripping half of Canada and the U-S may push food prices up by three per cent to four per cent next year.

That is in a report released by the U-S Department of Agriculture.

It shows beef prices are expected to see the biggest jump at 4 per cent to 5 per cent.

Dairy product prices are expected to climb 3 and half to 4 and a half per cent -- while poultry prices are expected to rise 3 to 4 per cent.

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Canadian beef producers now have access to sell their products to Kazakhstan.

Our federal government has secured market access for boneless beef from animals over 30 months of age.

That's in addition to the recently negotiated access for all beef from animals under 30 months.

The Canadian beef industry estimates the new market access is worth up to one million dollars a year for eligible exporters.

Canada is currently negotiating new import requirements with the regional Customs Union -- which includes Russia and Kazakhstan.

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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says it's "unfortunate'' that eight former directors of the Canadian Wheat Board are asking the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal a lower court ruling.

A Federal Court judge had ruled in favour of grain farmers who wanted a plebiscite on the dismantling of the board's monopoly on grain sales -- but that ruling was overturned in the government's favour by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Ritz says the Federal Court of Appeals has already ruled unanimously that marketing freedom is the law of the land.

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A fire that got out of control at a feedlot north of Calgary has brought heartbreak for a family that operates a popular heritage village.

The Grande Ole West Villa Ranch suffered a fire at the same time -- and firefighters were delayed getting there because they say they were dealing with the fire at the feedlot.

The fire at the ranch was sparked by lightning, and six buildings burned.

According to fire officials -- the feedlot had a permit -- but not for such a large fire and it was unattended.

 

 


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