By Matthew Villeneuve
Pork producers consider impact on Russian ban on food imports. Federal Ag Minister discusses COOL and free trade with European Union.
The ministers of Agriculture and Trade are going to review the impact of Russian sanctions on the pork sector in Ontario.
Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal and Michael Chan -- the minister of International Trade -- both say the Russian move is disappointing.
Government figures show Ontario exported 18 million dollars worth of pork and pork products to Russia last year.
That's seven per cent of the pork and pork products Canada sent there in 2013.
Leal says the ag exports to Russia are only a small part of the province's total agri-food exports.
Pork producers in Saskatchewan are concerned about a Russian ban on Canadian pork products.
Provincial Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart feels the market can absorb this right now without seeing a dramatic increase in prices.
Russia is the fourth largest destination for Saskatchewan pork.
The Canadian Cattlemen's Association held its semi annual meeting this week -- and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was the guest speaker.
He says the government will continue to work to end the discrimination against Canadian cattle and hogs under U-S country of origin labelling.
Delegates also heard about the Canada-Korea and Canada-E-U trade agreements.
Ritz says about 98 per cent of all E-U tariff lines will be duty-free for Canadian goods when the Canada-E-U trade pact comes into force.
Meanwhile, a German TV says it has posted online the full 521 page document it claims is the full text of the Canada-EU trade deal.
And Heather Holme Holsteins of Goderich did well at the Middlesex Huron Holstein Show held at Ilderton this week.
The McNeil family showed the Grand Champion cow, the Honourable Grand Champion and also placed first in the Breeders herd class.