Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Progress To Fight Bee Disease

By Manny Paiva

Researchers at University of Guelph have developed an inhibitor to fight American Foulbrood disease.

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There is progress in the battle against American Foulbrood disease.

It is considered the most widespread and destructive of bee brood diseases.

Researchers at the University of Guelph have found a toxin released by the pathogen that causes the disease and developed a lead based inhibitor against it.

Professor Rob Merrill says they will begin field studies on honeybees next spring with the Institute of Bee Research in Germany.


There was a big increase in the amount of western grain moved in the last year.

The Canadian Transportation Agency says 38 and a half million tonnes of western grain were moved in the 2013-2014 crop year.

That's an 18.8 per cent increase from the previous crop year.


The U-S Department of Agriculture is reporting a one per cent increase in the number of cattle and calves on feed compared to a year ago.

The latest Cattle On Feed report puts the number at 10.9 million head as of the beginning of December.

There were 1.79 million placements in feedlots in November -- about four per cent fewer than in 2013 and the second lowest for November since 1996.


Mayo Schmidt -- who was a former head of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and its successor Viterra -- has stepped down from the board of Agrium.

The company said Schmidt was making the move as a result of his appointment as CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a seller and trader of agricultural commodities.

Schmidt's appointment was announced by the Dutch company on November 28th and becomes effective January 5th.


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