Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Warning About Avian Influenza

By Manny Paiva

CFIA says annual spring migration of wild birds means poultry is at risk from avian influenza.


Length: 1:17

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the annual spring migration of wild birds means poultry is at risk from avian influenza.

Wild birds are believed to be the source of last year's outbreak of the disease.

The C-F-I-A is urging poultry producers to check their biosecurity plans to stop the disease from entering their flocks.

The agency also advises anyone with respiratory illnesses to avoid contact with poultry.

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There's more positive response from the dairy sector to the government's announced plans to consult on a CETA (See-tah) impact mitigation package.

Gay Lea Foods officials say they look forward to working with the Agriculture and International Trade Ministers on long-term, sustainable solutions as the dairy industry moves forward.

Chair Steve Dolson says Gay Lea is confident they can create a market environment that supports an innovative, state-of-the-art, green dairy industry that stimulates growth and investment throughout the value chain.

Dolson says that environment needs a modern, flexible policy and regulatory framework.

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Farmers are working hard to get the new crop in the ground -- but officials with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association say it's important to do so safely.

Glen Blahey reminds producers it's important to be maintaining more than just equipment -- operators need to be looked after, too.

Blahey says it's critical to drink plenty of water and take proper meal breaks when working in the field, but it's also important to rest.

He also says before farmers and workers head out to the field, it's important to understand where everyone will be located.

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A not-for-profit company focused on connecting consumers to food production says producers shouldn't try to compete with A&W or Earls on messages about where they source their beef.

Charlie Arnot of the Centre for Food Integrity says if producers want food companies to be supportive, they need to do a better job of helping consumers be supportive.

Arnot explains it's not the role of marketers to promote or defend agriculture.

He says producers should ask how they can help Earls, A&W, and others understand that what they're doing is really aligned with consumers' interest.



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