By Matt Villeneuve
Feds announce almost a million dollars for quality assurance program and traceability program.
The federal government has announced nearly a million dollars for Canada's dairy sector.
529 thousand dollars will go towards a quality assurance program to ensure high quality, safe Canadian milk and dairy products.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada will also receive 416 thousand dollars to design and implement a national traceability program for dairy cattle.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants the power to fine meat processing plants that break hygiene and other operating rules.
Inspectors already have the power to issue written warnings, and in serious cases -- the C-F-I-A can suspend a plant's licence and shut it down.
But Ron Davidson of the Canadian Meat Council wonders why the federal government is not seeking to apply such fines to the entire food processing sector.
The C-F-I-A says the proposed fines range from two thousand to 15-thousand dollars.
Bruce Agra Dehy invites you to attend the Alfalfa Grower Seminar.
It's called "Alfalfa is the New Cash Crop".
There are two meetings -- one is being held on Wednesday at REACH Huron in Clinton.
There is another seminar on Thursday at the Arthur and Area Community Centre.
Admission is free and lunch is provided.
For more information call 368-4314.