Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Funding for Organic Farmers

By Manny Paiva

Federal government offers 500 thousand dollars for Canadian organic producers.

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Our federal government is giving organic producers half a million dollars to update their standards and develop a new marketing campaign.

More than 200 thousand dollars will go to the Canada Organics Trade Association for a campaign to promote Canadian organics at a national and international level.

The Organic Federation of Canada will receive nearly 300-thousand dollars to modernize the Canadian Organic Standards.

The updated standards are expected to encourage small operators to become certified.


Our federal government also wants companies to regularly verify the accuracy of their weigh scales.

Industry Canada says compliance rates are high, but it also notes the measurement errors are weighted heavily in favour of the dairies.

The feds have introduced proposals to bring back mandatory periodic inspections on measuring devices.


A bumper crop has prompted a warning from the Canadian Grain Commission.

The agency says grain elevator companies cannot store grain on the ground unless they request an exemption from federal regulations in writing.

Chief Grain Inspector Randy Dennis confirms they have already received several applications to store surplus grain on the ground.


The head of the U-N's food and agriculture agency says global hunger can be eradicated in a generation -- if there's a political commitment by world leaders.

Jose Graziano da Silva says it's not like sending a man to the moon.

He says we have the technology and the expertise needed to do it.


And the CEO of Butterball says they will get to the bottom of this.

The U-S company says it will have a limited supply of large, fresh turkeys that are 16 pounds or heavier for Thanksgiving this week.

Butterball doesn't know why some of its turkeys wouldn't plump up.

C-E-O Rod Brenneman says it's the first time it has ever happened.




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