By Manny Paiva
Federal Ag Minister reports key developments in talks in China, to benefit Canada's agricultural economy.
It appears the meetings between Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and key members of the Chinese government have been positive.
Ritz says there have been key developments benefiting a wide range of producers, processors and exporters across Canada's agricultural economy.
China has formally agreed to provide access for Canadian bone-in beef derived from animals less than thirty months of age as well as access for live cattle.
Analysts say the Chinese market for Canadian beef will grow to 240 million dollars a year, while the market for live cattle will total 150 million.
Milk produced on a B-C farm where workers were recently captured on video allegedly beating cattle will be destroyed.
The B-C Milk Marketing Board says processors don't want any products from Chilliwack Cattle Sales until outside audits of its operations are complete.
The announcement comes after dairy-food giant Saputo said it would not accept milk from the huge dairy farm.
Eight workers at Chilliwack have been fired and the S-P-C-A has recommended charges be filed against them.
More than 40 thousand visitors are expected to attend the Canada Farm Progress Show this week in Regina.
Chair Rene Carpentier says there are more than 800 exhibitors with the latest in farm equipment.
There are also almost 70 exhibitors from the U-S.
The show opened yesterday and ends tomorrow.
Carpentier adds the show will generate 600 million dollars in economic activity.