Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Funding for Food Safety Audit

By Manny Paiva

Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition is getting $173,000 from the federal government.


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The Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition is getting 173 thousand dollars from the federal government.

The money would help develop standard policies and qualifications for food safety auditors.

The government says they would be consistent with private and international standards.

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The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is looking for a company to build a plant to turn corn stalks into biofuels.

Vice President Don McCabe thinks Lambton County is a good location for the plant.

He says they want to see a plant that would be able to process 250 thousand tonnes of corn stalk a year.

The estimated cost to build the plant is 70 million dollars.

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The chief economist for the U-S Department of Agriculture is suggesting that farmers there are likely to plant more soybeans next year.

Joe Glauber says given the price difference between corn and soybeans -- now and predicted in the future -- he would expect a lot of American farmers to switch from corn to soybeans at planting time.

A soybean specialist in Ontario made the same suggestion about Ontario farmers earlier this month.

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And Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced the reappointment of Donald Buckingham as Chair of the the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal.

Ritz says as chairperson, Buckingham has drawn on both his extensive legal expertise and background with agriculture in leading the organization.

The tribunal provides Canadians the opportunity to request reviews of certain decisions or penalties under various farm rules.

 

 


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