Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

New Information on Mad Cow Disease

By Manny Paiva

CFIA says beef breeding cow was born on different farm in Alberta.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has released more information about a beef breeding cow found with mad cow disease on an Alberta farm.

Officials say the cow was born in the province at a different farm -- and both were in the Edmonton area.

John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association says the agency has not told the beef industry when the cow was born.

And he adds they don't know how many other animals from the same herd may have consumed the same feed in their first year of life.

South Korea has already suspended imports of Canadian beef.


A farm analyst says the lower price of oil has some benefits for the agricultural economy.

Kevin Kolisniak is a treasurer for the Canadian Wheat Board.

He say cheaper oil cuts farm costs and reduces the value of the Canadian dollar.

Kolisniak adds cheaper oil prompted the bank of Canada to reduce interest rates, which is also cutting costs to farmers with loans or mortgages.

He notes the Canadian dollar is about 20 per-cent weaker than last year -- so it means farmers are getting 20 per-cent more Canadian dollars for the same amount of U.S. funds.


Scientists in Florida are using a 3-D printer to create a sort of hi-tech fly trap.

The goal is to help save the state's multi-billion dollar citrus industry from a deadly bacterial disease known as citrus greening.

This so-called trap will catch and study the Asian citrus insect, which carries the bacterial disease that's destroying Florida's citrus groves.

The same tests are being done in California and Texas.


A new study shows ducks and other birds are being helped by a farmland management program that provides habitat along migration routes in eight U-S states.

The study comes from researchers at Mississippi State University -- who examined the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative.

The U-S-D-A's Natural Resources Conservation Service created the program after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, to help birds that depend on wetlands.

Private landowners in eight states are paid to manage land to make it attractive to birds.

For example, rice fields and catfish ponds are flooded when they're not being used for farm production.



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