Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers Against Irradiation of Beef

By Fadi Didi

National Farmers Union opposes proposed changes to allow irradiation of fresh or frozen ground beef.

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The National Farmers Union has made a submission to Health Canada that opposes proposed changes that would allow irradiation of fresh or frozen ground beef in Canada.

The lobby group instead asks Health Canada to focus on improving the meat inspection system and promoting regulations that to support a diversified, regional food processing strategy.

Industry groups have sought irradiation for more than a decade as a way to prevent the spread of E. coli, salmonella and other dangerous bacteria, but the measure has run into negative public reaction.

The N-F-U submission says large meat packers would have an advantage over smaller companies with irradiation because they could spread the cost of expensive equipment over their higher sales volumes.


Some Florida citrus farmers are looking to beer to ease their woes -- not to drink -- but as a market for hops.

Traditionally, Florida was considered too hot and humid to grow hops, but an explosion of craft breweries in the U-S has created shortages of popular hop varieties for smaller breweries.

The state's iconic citrus industry is reeling due to citrus greening, a bacterial disease that over the past decade has cut the citrus harvest by about 60 per cent.


The Canadian Animal Health Institute is partnering with CleanFarms to collect and safely dispose of unwanted livestock and horse medications, as well as obsolete pesticides.

It's free to farmers and is offered in each province at least once every three years.

Collection this year will take place in northern Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Products are transported to a high temperature incineration facility.


Officials with the first-ever Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary last week say the event exceeded registration expectations.

Co-Chair Rob Smith says it bodes well for making it an annual event.

The conference was a joint collaboration of the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef, the Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

Over 650 producers, industry members and supporters from across the country attended.


Wet weather is taking a bit bite out of this year's tomato crop in southern Manitoba.

Blight causes brown and white lesions on the fruit, and the spores spread through rain or wind.

Erin Crampton at Crampton's Market in Winnipeg says wet weather this season, combined with humidity after it rains, means fields haven't had a chance to dry out.

Blight also affects potatoes but it will be several weeks before it's known how that crop will be affected.

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