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Agriculture Report

Sparks Fly Over Agriculture

By Fadi Didi

Conservative leadership hopefuls spar over supply-and-demand system.


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Some sparks flew about agriculture at the French-language debate among the 13 federal Tory leadership candidates.

Steven Blaney took a shot at Maxime Bernier over his promise to get rid of the supply-and-demand system in agriculture.

Blaney said farmers work hard while Bernier likes to go out jogging.

Bernier then defended his record as a cabinet minister in Stephen Harper's government even though he was not successful in getting the supply-and-demand system abolished.

He said he is the only M-P in Ottawa who stands up to promote the interests of consumers.

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A significant reduction in winter wheat acres in the U.S. should help support prices here in Canada.

Bruce Burnett is a weather and crop specialist with G-3.

He was commenting on last week's U-S-D-A crop production report.

U.S. winter wheat acres are the lowest they've been in 108 years.

Burnett says hard red winter wheat acres are down about eight per cent, dropping over three million acres from last year's planting.

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The U-S Department of Agriculture says Canadian-based pork producer Olymel has recalled over 11-hundred pounds of pork ribs.

They had been repacked and distributed without federal inspection.

The U.S. D.A. says  its Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered that a shipment of pork spare ribs entered the U-S from Canada on or about January 8th, crossing the border in Michigan.

It says the products were then processed and repacked at a federal establishment and further distributed to restaurants in Michigan.

The Department says there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from eating the ribs.

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Organizers of the 40th Manitoba Ag Days are expecting to see up to 50-thousand people come through the doors of Brandon's Keystone Centre.

The event began Tuesday and wraps up today.

This year's show will feature over 550 exhibitors.

The bull congress is also back for another year and the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association will be launching their grain entrapment training unit.

More than 60 speakers are scheduled to take to the stage over the three days.
 


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