By Liny Lamberink
Ministers want trade agreements that protect eggs, dairy and poultry from foreign competition.
A statement from a meeting of Canada's agriculture ministers pledges to open new markets through trade agreements while protecting the Country's eggs, dairy and poultry from foreign competition.
The ministers finished two days of meetings in Calgary with a document outlining their principles for developing a new agricultural policy, since the current one expires in 2018.
The statement says that while Canada continues to open new prospects through trade agreements, there are still challenges -- like non-tariff trade barriers and an obvious need to adapt products for international markets.
A Paisley woman completed her term as the National President of the Canadian Angus Association, when the group held its annual meeting in Quebec this past weekend.
Tammy Ribey owns a 400-acre farm and 25-year-old veterinary practice -- and she and her family have been active with the association for many years.
In fact, Ribey's father, Gary Harron of Allenford served as National President in 1996.
They're the only father and daughter duo to both have served as National President of the Canadian Angus Association.
Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have successfully produced bison calves using in vitro fertilization.
Three wood bison calves were born earlier this month, thanks to the new technology that transfers embryos into surrogate mother bison cows.
A fourth calf was produced from a frozen embryo taken from a bison cow in 2012, and transferred to a surrogate cow in 2015.
Wood bison are indigenous to Canada, and only 5,000 to 7,000 remain in the wild -- less than five per cent of their original numbers. Researchers hope this new reproductive advance will help to rebuild the species.
And nominations are NOW open for the 2016 Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award.
Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Ron Bonnett says the award is a chance to recognize some of the innovative and long-term solutions Canadian farmers are implementing to support the conservation of our pollinator species.
He suggests it also encourages discussion about the vital impact pollinators have on our ecosystem.
Nominations are open until August 12th.