By Manny Paiva
More countries are restricting Canadian beef over concerns about mad cow disease.
The annual general meeting for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture begins today.
It is being held in Ottawa -- and a number of high profile politicians will be speaking.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair and Ralph Goodale -- the deputy federal Liberal leader -- will all speak to farmers.
Andrew Goldstein of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will also talk about social licence in the agri-food context.
That's ways in which consumer perceptions shape social licence and the importance of social media in garnering social licence.
The President of Progression Consulting, Earl Geddes, will also look at what drives the global market in terms of population, economic and cultural shifts.
There are even more countries now that are restricting Canadian beef over concerns about mad cow disease.
The website for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency lists Peru, Belarus and Taiwan as having imposed temporary restrictions on beef imports.
A beef breeding cow was discovered near Edmonton with BSE.
South Korea was the first to temporarily suspend imports earlier this month.
Indonesia has also imposed temporary import restrictions on some non-edible meat products.
Flax prices are looking good heading into spring -- and a market analyst says growers should lock in a portion of their 2015 production.
Chuck Penner with LeftField Commodity Research estimates there could be a 15 per cent increase in flax acres.
With current prices still above 12 dollars a bushel, Penner believes that will look pretty good this fall.
Penner says the European Union is buying more Canadian flax now that the Triffid issue appears to be resolved.
However, Russia and Kazakhstan are increasing flax acreage with an eye on that European market.