By Fadi Didi
Clarksburg shows Reserve Senior Champion Limousin bull at last week's Canadian Western Agribition.
Quite an honour for Top Meadow Farms of Clarksburg.
It exhibited TMF Redwood which was named Reserve Senior Champion Limousin bull at last week's Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.
Redwood was also awarded the Masterfeeds Show Bull of the Year award.
When Canadian and American beef producers met at the Canadian Western Agribition -- they talked about country-of-origin labelling.
Linda Chezen with the U-S National Cattlemen's Association says she has no problem in repealing the meat-labelling rules, but says a large part of the pressure for them comes from consumers.
The W-T-O is expected to release its latest report early next month on the value of retaliatory tariffs for Canada.
Deere and Company is laying off about 220 workers from its Seeding and Cylinder operation in Illinois.
The layoffs are blamed on slumping agricultural machinery sales.
They will be effective February 15th and unlike past seasonal layoffs -- the new job cuts have no specific call-back date for workers.
Deere employs about 60-thousand people around the world and about 29-thousand in the U-S and Canada.
Commodity prices have declined over the past three years, leading to weaker sales of farming machinery.
A small amount of leftover contaminated feed was the most plausible cause of mad cow disease discovered in a cow last winter on an Alberta farm.
That is the result of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
It says no part of the Black Angus beef cow entered the human food or animal feed systems.
The February case -- the 19th in Canada -- prompted a few countries to place temporary restrictions on Canadian beef imports.
And Russia will restrict imports of Turkish fruit and vegetables as part of a package of new sanctions following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey last week.
Russia has previously banned food imports from the European Union and United States over the Ukraine crisis -- a measure which has been blamed for spikes in the prices for food in Russia.