Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Federation Debate Almost Set

By Fadi Didi

Political parties confirm representatives for Canadian Federation of Agriculture debate.

Length: 1:08

A number of political parties have answered the call for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture debate.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be there for the Conservatives, along with Liberal agriculture critic Mark Eyking and N-D-P agriculture critic Malcolm Allen.

Green Party deputy leader Bruce Hyer will also take part.

An announcement on a Bloc Quebecois representative has not yet been made.

The debate will be held on September 30th, and can be viewed through a webcast.

It will include questions that will be posed via pre-taped video segments from farmers across Canada.


Manitoba Pork is firing back at supporters of country-of-origin labelling who say consumers have a right to know where their food comes from.

General Manager Andrew Dickson says the argument is irrelevant with respect to the U-S legislation -- which is about live-animal sales across the border.

Dickson notes the chops, tenderloins, fresh hams and other retail cuts come four or five months after the pig is fed 275 kilos of American-grown corn and 64 kilograms of American-grown soy meal on an American farm.


Police in Alberta have seized 11 horses, 25 dogs and 17 birds from a property in Alberta after finding a mother and daughter who also face animal cruelty charges in B-C.

A news release from R-C-M-P alleges the pair failed to comply with release conditions from the charges they faced in B-C.

Police will not release their names until the charges against them are officially sworn.

The mother and daughter have been charged with failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking, cruelty to animals, wilful neglect of animals and possession of stolen property.


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