By Manny Paiva
PigTrace program set to launch in the new year, feds give money to Seed Trade Association.
The Canadian Pork Council expects more work will be done in the new year about its Pig Trace program.
Oliver Haan -- the Chair of the Council's ID and Traceability Committee -- believes the mandatory movement reporting of pigs will begin next summer.
Haan feels it is a big step towards building a successful system that responds quickly to disease outbreaks and food safety emergencies.
The Canadian Seed Trade Association is getting more than 100 thousand dollars from the federal government.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the funding will help promote trade for seed and reduce non-tariff trade barriers.
Ritz believes the group's work will lead to better international rules governing the trade of seed and set the foundation for increased export sales for Canadian producers.
Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar says its third quarter earnings plunged 44 per cent.
Caterpillar earned 946 million dollars in the latest quarter.
Revenue tumbled 18 per cent to 13.42 billion dollars.
The company also cut its 2013 forecast again, partly because of weaker mining equipment sales.
And the Great Lakes Sales award at the Royal Winter Fair went to Karen Lemon of Grey County.
She placed third in the Ladies Lead and Wool Class.
The competition involves animals that are shown in the most attractive manner to enhance the image of the Sheep show and to promote the use of wool in clothing.