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Agriculture Report

Effort to Reduce Grain Handling Deaths

By Fadi Didi

Ottawa is offering up to 375-thousand dollars for a new program to reduce deaths.


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Ottawa is offering up to 375-thousand dollars for a new program to reduce deaths and injuries related to grain-handling.

The money will help train producers and first responders, fund awareness programs for children and pay for a mobile demonstration unit.

The safety program will be run by a non-profit group that includes representatives from the farming industry, producers and governments.

On average, 84 Canadians die each year in agriculture-related accidents _ a number that has dropped by about 20 since the 1990s.

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has told Iowa legislators that it's important Canada and the United States enhance their trade relations, especially at a time when there is debate about the future of their relationship.

Wall was speaking in Des Moines to the state's House of Representatives on the $1.4-trillion trade and investment relationship between the two countries and on the value of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Wall is in Iowa at the request of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the premier offered Saskatchewan's help to promote trade.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has wrapped up an Asian trade mission.

MacAulay says the trip strengthened agricultural ties to Vietnam and India, and explored market access opportunities for Canadian food and agri-food businesses.

While in Vietnam, MacAulay promoted Canadian products including lobster, livestock genetics, blueberries, grains and oilseeds.

In India, MacAulay and a delegation of Canadian industry participants promoted Canadian agricultural products in New Delhi and Mumbai.

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Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he will step down from several positions at companies bearing his name and restructure several family trusts to avoid a conflict of interest if he is confirmed.

In a written agreement with a government ethics agency, Perdue said Monday that he will distance himself from several business interests, some of them agricultural.

Senators have been waiting for more than seven weeks for the agreement, which is dated March 7 but was posted on the Office of Government Ethics website over the weekend.

President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Perdue on Jan. 18, but the formal nomination was only sent to the Senate last week.


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