By Manny Paiva
Advance Payments Program, better known as cash advance, has now implemented new changes.
The Advance Payments Program -- better known as the cash advance -- has now implemented new changes made by the federal government.
They were contained in the recently passed Bill C-18 -- and the Conservatives say they make the program more convenient and flexible for farmers.
The Canadian Canola Growers Association administers the program on behalf of the federal government.
It is offering advances for 45 commodities with an administration fee of 150 dollars.
A two per cent withhold fee has been removed.
Canada has restricted travellers from bringing raw poultry and poultry products, as well as raw pet food, across the border from avian flu affected areas of the U-S.
The highly contagious poultry influenza has reached Montana and South Dakota.
The disease was also found in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas.
B-C's Fraser Valley was hit by an avian flu outbreak that began last December -- but has not been detected in B-C since early February.
The list of Canadian poultry products that have been recalled over concerns about listeria now includes salads sold in Sobey's and I-G-A stores in Western Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the in-store prepared salads should not be eaten.
They include products with best-before dates up to and including April 5th.
Costco Canada recalled Kirkland Signature brand roasted chicken salad across Canada last week, while Lilydale has recalled cooked chicken breasts and cooked turkey breasts.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with any of the recalled products.
A ship owned by the Canadian Wheat Board is the first of the season to travel up the St. Lawrence Seaway -- but it hasn't been a calm voyage.
A spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board says the Canadian bulk carrier C-W-B Marquis went aground 35 kilometres southwest of Montreal on Friday after hitting a large ice floe.
A pair of tugboats freed it later in the day and no immediate damage was observed.
According to a post issued earlier this year -- it was loaded with more than 29-thousand tons of Labrador iron ore.