By Fadi Didi
China needs 80 million tonnes of the crop.
The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is applauding the expansion of beef access to China.
China said last week it was partially lifting a ban on beef imports from Canada, allowing bone in beef on animals under 30 months.
The association says the addition of bone-in, under 30-months access is expected to add an additional $10 million per year in exports to China in the short term while the Canadian beef cattle herd remains contracted.
China closed access to Canadian beef in May 2003 when Canada discovered its first domestic case of B-S-E -- or Mad Cow Disease.
Meanwhile, Soy Canada says China's growing market for soybeans is an excellent opportunity for growers in Canada.
Executive Director Jim Everson while Canada can't fill China's entire 80-million ton need for the crop, he says it's an opportunity to set Canada apart from other exporters.
Everson says Canada has an excellent record for quality assurance, strong infrastructure, a very strong regulatory agency and great farmers.
Canada's market for soybeans was valued at more than $580 million in 2015, an increase of 22 per cent over 2012.
The Canada and Manitoba governments will invest $1.2 million in 275 on-farm food safety and animal welfare projects.
Manitoba Minister of Agriculture says this is the first year animal welfare projects were included in the program, noting the response from farmers has been positive.
Half of the approved projects focus on animal welfare and will help Manitoba farmers implement new requirements under national codes of practice for caring for livestock.
In total, 255 livestock producers and 20 crop producers were approved for funding under Growing Forward 2's Growing Assurance - Food Safety On-Farm program.
And the U-S Centers for Disease Control says a multistate outbreak of E.coli has sickened seven people, sending five to the hospital.
The C-D-C said Saturday that the outbreak likely is linked to beef products from Adams Farms Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts.
People from one year old to 74 have become sick in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
No deaths have been reported.