By Fadi Didi
Federation of Agriculture says new federal budget shows feds recognize agri-food sector is primed.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture says the new federal budget
clearly signals the government's recognition that Canada's agriculture
and agri-food sector is primed to drive a new era of economic growth
that will benefit all Canadians.
President Ron Bonnett says the federation is encouraged that the government envisions an expanded role for farmers and agri-food businesses as part of its innovation agenda.
Agriculture is earmarked as one of three pivotal areas under the proposed Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says initial efforts will centre on clean technology, digital industries and agri-food.
Mounties are looking for cattle rustlers in southern Saskatchewan.
Police say three calves aged three to seven days old were taken from a ranch near Ormiston, around 150 kilometres southeast of Regina.
A rancher told police he saw two people stealing calves from his pasture and a dark-coloured Ford truck, with an extended cab, parked along a nearby grid road.
R-C-M-P are looking for one man and one woman believed to have been involved in the theft.
As President Donald Trump eyes cuts to farm programs, agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he would make government programs more efficient while also working to create jobs in the struggling industry.
At his confirmation hearing Thursday, the former Georgia governor stressed bipartisanship, reaching out to Democrats who have complained about Trump's lack of experience in agriculture and his proposed 21 per cent cut to the farm budget.
In prepared testimony, Perdue said in Georgia, agriculture is one of the few issues of bipartisanship.
Some Democrats have said they will support his nomination.
Bird flu has now been confirmed in three Southern states, but officials say the nation's poultry supply isn't at risk.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture says it is temporarily banning the transportation of poultry after a form of the disease was found in a commercial flock of 22,000 hens in western Kentucky.
The state says the farm was placed under quarantine and the birds were killed.
The announcement came as the state of Alabama confirmed the presence of the same form of bird flu in two flocks there. Another form of the poultry illness was previously detected in Tennessee.