Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Victory for Canadian Cattlemen

By Manny Paiva

U-S appeals court decides to reconsider a request to block controversial meat labelling rules.

Length: 1:17

An appeals court in the U-S has decided to reconsider a request to block controversial meat labelling rules.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is among the groups asking for an injunction -- pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the U-S Department of Agriculture.

The court denied the request last month -- but now says it will re-hear the case on May 19th.

The Harper government argues the rules requiring country of origin labels are costing Canadian producers a billion dollars a year.


There is a Canadian connection to the World Farmers Organisation board.

Ron Bonnett -- the President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture -- will sit on the six member board and represent North America.

Bonnett is a past president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Bonnett owns a cow calf operation in northern Ontario.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reporting a significant drop in the number of rabies cases between 2012 and 2013.

The agency says there were 141 cases nationally in 2012.

That number dropped to 116 last year.


Some farmers in Manitoba say the province is making it harder for people to use home grown produce.

Producers with the Harvest Moon collective can legally sell their eggs, poultry and homemade jams from their front door or at a farmers market.

But they are not allowed to do so through a website or deliver them in a vehicle.

Manitoba's Agriculture Minister says he is open to updating provincial regulations -- as long as food safety is ensured.

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