Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Random Testing for Medical Pot Producers

By Kevin Bernard

Medical pot producers will soon be subject to random testing by Health Canada.

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Medical pot producers will soon be subject to random testing by Health Canada.
The move follows voluntary recalls by two companies after their products were found to contain low levels of prohibited pest control substances.
Under the Access to Cannabis Act, licensed producers are permitted to use only the 13 compounds that are currently approved for use on cannabis under the Pest Control Products Act.
The department says corrective actions have been implemented by both companies, including an expanded testing regime that covers pest control products.


A farmer-owned grain handling and fertilizer distribution business says it will open the first of its seven anticipated fertilizer SuperCentres in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan.

Genesis Grain and Fertilizer says the 24-million-dollar facility will be the largest direct-to-farm facility of its kind in Canada.

It will accommodate urea, phosphate, micro-nutrients, sulphur and potash enabling annual supply for farmer investors.

Farmers of North America and AgraCity Crop and Nutrition are promoters of the project.

F-N-A president James Mann says construction will last about 12 months. 


Police in southern Manitoba saved a pig's bacon.
Officers with the Altona Police Service were called Monday about a pig blocking lunch-hour traffic on the town's main street.
Officers didn't want the animal to get hurt and were able to move the porker out the community.
A farmer who noticed he was missing a pig quickly showed up with a trailer and officers helped corral it inside.
Officials say the pig did not appear to have suffered any injuries.


The domestic livestock feed market, specifically hog and poultry, present the best opportunities for Western Canadian faba beans.

That's one of the points made in a 35-page report commissioned by Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) and prepared by L-M-C International, an agribusiness economics consulting firm based in Oxford, England.

Faba bean is being promoted as a pulse crop option in wetter areas not suitable for lentils or chickpeas. It is also easier to harvest than other pulses and has partial resistance to aphanomyces, a serious root disease.

The study indicates export opportunities are limited for Canada but the domestic food use market is a bit more promising. 


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