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Agriculture Report

New PED Case in Ontario

By Fadi Didi

New PED case confirmed case in a farrow-to-finish operation in Lambton County.


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Ontario Pork has confirmed a new P-E-D diagnosis.

This confirmed case is in a farrow-to-finish operation in Lambton County.

That would be the 9th case in the province this year -- the 94th since the disease was first diagnosed on a Middlesex County farm in January of 2014.

P-E-D can cause up to 100 per cent fatalities in nursing piglets.

It is not considered to be either a human health or food safety risk.

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The Egg Farmers of Canada says the industry is transitioning away from conventional egg production.

But that move may not be enough to meet the push from the retailers.

The Retail Council of Canada's grocery members say they want to be buying cage-free eggs by the end of 2025.

However, the Egg Farmers say a growing body of scientific evidence points to the benefits of enriched housing, which means larger cages.

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The annual conference of federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers will be held in July in Calgary.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his Alberta counterpart held a conference call last week to discuss issues of importance.

MacAulay highlighted farm investments announced in the federal budget while the provincial ministers talked about trade and market access for Canadian agriculture and agri-food products.

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Canada's top mushroom producer has been sold to an Irish food company for 145 million dollars.

Ontario-based Highline Produce says it had been acquired by Fyffes P-L-C, which markets fresh produce in Canada under the Fyffes, Turbana, Sol and Fresh Quest labels.

Highline -- which was founded in 1961 -- has five facilities in Ontario and Quebec and sells about 26.3 million kilograms of mushrooms per year.

The company says all five of its Canadian locations will remain open -- with a workforce of more than 11-hundred employees.

 


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