Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Still Room For Treated Seeds

By Fadi Didi

Ontario's Agriculture Minister says grain farmers will have access to treated seeds, if there's a need for them.

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Ontario's Minister of Agriculture and Food says grain farmers will continue to have access to treated seeds -- if there's a need for them.

Jeff Leal highlights the treated seeds in the government's proposed pollinator health regulations.

Leal says there are four principles in the report -- one of which allows farmers to make the needs assessment on their fields through a training program paid for by the province.

Leal adds he's looking for feedback on the how the long-term proposal to have a third-party assessment done can be made practical.


Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says it's time for the United States to come to terms with country-of-origin labelling rules.

The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that the U.S. labelling requirement -- known as COOL -- violates that country's trade obligations.

A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has already voted to repeal the law, which requires labels that say where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Ritz says Canada has the option of imposing retaliatory tariffs, but he's hopeful they won't need to.


Investigators are narrowing down how an Alberta cow was infected with B-S-E.

The beef breeding cow was discovered last winter on a farm near Edmonton and was born on a nearby farm.

A final report by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is expected this summer.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says investigators are looking for other animals that also might have been infected and any feed supplies that might be the cause.



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