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Agriculture Report

Insurance Money Ends for Atwood Resources

By Fadi Didi

Rendering company says its plant in Atwood will not re-open until February.

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The insurance money has run out for Atwood Resources.

The Ontario rendering company had been using that money to ship dead stock to an Ottawa facility since its plant in Atwood was destroyed by fire last December.

President Dave Smith says since they have run out of money -- customers can keep their dead stock on their farms until the plant re-opens in February -- or pay more.

The plant was destroyed by fire last December.

Smith says they had proposed collecting the dead stock and storing it in hazardous waste containers on-site -- but provincial agriculture officials wouldn't approve the plan.


The animal welfare group Mercy For Animals is praising Maple Leaf Foods for announcing new guidelines for its pork and poultry facilities.

Maple Leaf says it's launching what it calls an "animal care commitment'' designed to improve conditions and reduce discomfort for animals in the food supply chain.

Mercy For Animals released hidden-camera video at a Maple Leaf Foods-owned hatchery that resulted in a supplier being convicted of animal cruelty and fined $5,600.


A positive outlook for pea and lentil markets next year.

Industry analysts say poor crops in India this year are prompting a strong demand for pulse crops.

Allan Johnston of Johnston's Grain Marketing points out that there's a high demand for red lentils.

Lentils are being grown on more than four-million acres across the Prairies.



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