Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

New President for Canadian Cattlemen

By Manny Paiva

Dave Solverson from Alberta is the new President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

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Solving the country of origin labelling issue remains the top priority for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and its new President.

Dave Solverson -- a cow-calf finish ranch operator from Camrose, Alberta -- was acclaimed as the new President at the group's annual general meeting.

Solverson says another priority is obtaining free trade agreements with Korea and Japan.

He also wants to ensure the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is implemented in a way that producers get the benefits that were negotiated.

The new Vice President is Dan Darling -- the past president of Beef Farmers of Ontario.


Canada's two main railway companies are being ordered to double the amount of grain they ship in a week to try to unclog a grain bottleneck across the Prairies.

The federal government has given Canadian National and Canadian Pacific a month to start moving a minimum of one million tonnes of grain in 11-thousand cars each week.

Both companies say they will comply with the order.

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says if C-P and C-N don't meet the requirement -- they'll face fines of up to 100 thousand dollars a day.


The Auctioneers Association of Ontario held its annual convention and competition in Stratford recently.

Brad Snider of Odessa was named the Champion bid caller.

John Murray of Ripley won the Peoples Choice award.


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