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Agriculture Report

What Americans Want From Canada in NAFTA

By Kevin Bernard

Clues about what could happen with a renegotiation.


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A document published by the U-S government might contain clues about what the Americans want from Canada in a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In agriculture, the complaint list includes Canada's supply-management system for dairy, chicken, turkey and eggs, as well as compositional standards which restrict access for U.S. dry milk proteins.

The list further takes exception to Canada's Seeds Act, which generally prohibits the sale or advertising for sale or import into Canada of various seeds.

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About 100 people had to leave their homes recently, as fire destroyed a grain elevator in southwestern Saskatchewan.

Jason Gizen, a volunteer firefighter in a village about 385 kilometres west of Regina, says he rushed to help after seeing the elevator engulfed in flames early yesterday morning.

He says other volunteers were already there, but there wasn't much they could do except make sure the falling embers didn't start anything else on fire.

He says many in the community were taking the loss of the building hard, as it was one of the last functioning elevators in the area. 

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Canada's food safety watchdog says it won't begin tests to find the source of a bovine tuberculosis outbreak until late this year.

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency veterinarian says testing of herds identified through tracing activities will begin in the fall because calving season has already begun in Western Canada.

He says the agency wants to focus on how the disease managed to get onto one Alberta farm and infect six cattle.

The C-F-I-A said 51 farms in southeastern Alberta and seven in southwestern Saskatchewan remain under quarantine pending the results of tests.

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The organization representing pork producers in Manitoba say they welcome the province's recent commitment to changing the province's building code to accommodate farm buildings.

Manitoba Pork chairman George Matheson says the current code is based on a commercial industrial standard and is not appropriate for low-occupancy farm buildings such as barns.

Matheson says the changes will save producers tens of thousands of dollars when building barns.

He says it will help the industry stay competitive with other jurisdictions.


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