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Agriculture Report

Canada-USA Softwood Lumber & Dairy Talks

By Fadi Didi

Trudeau and Trump discuss their differences.

Length: 1:04

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had a phone call with U-S President Donald Trump to discuss their differences over softwood lumber and dairy.

The federal government says Trudeau refuted the baseless allegations by the U.S. Commerce Department about Canadian lumber.

He also told Trump that Canada will continue to defend its interests when it comes to milk products.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump told reporters that Canada has been outsmarting the U-S for a very long time but his administration is not going to put up with it.


Syngenta Canada and the Soil Conservation Council of Canada are partnering to expand Operation Pollinator in western Canada.

The Syngenta program focuses on research and partnerships to promote the health and well-being of bees and other pollinators.

Farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta are eligible to sign up for the program.

Producers are being asked to convert one-to-two acres of lower-productivity land to establish a dedicated operation pollinator site. In exchange for the land-use, farmer receive a pollinator-friendly wildflower seed and agro-nomic advice.


Registration has opened for the second annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference, which will be held at Stampede Park in Calgary from August 15th through 17th.

The conference is hosted as a joint collaboration by the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef, the Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

Jon Montgomery, who won Olympic gold in skeleton in 2010 and now hosts The Amazing Race Canada, will be the keynote speaker.

The conference will also combine meetings of several stakeholder groups.


A handful of Minnesota dairy farms that faced losing their buyer because of a trade dispute with Canada will keep the buyer after all.

That's according to Minnesota Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Margaret Hart.

Hart says the buyer, Grassland Dairy Products of Wisconsin, has agreed to continue buying milk from the Minnesota farms.

She says Grassland plans to sell the milk to a Canadian company, Agropur.

Grassland had told the farms they would stop buying their milk after a change in Canadian pricing policy effectively boxed out imported milk.


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