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Agriculture Report

Trudeau Wants Frank Talks with US On Dairy

By Fadi Didi

PM says US subsidizes dairy & agriculture industries & enjoys $400 million dairy surplus with Canada.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he wants to have a fact-based conversation with the Americans on the issue of Canadian dairy industry subsidies.

He says the United States also subsidizes its dairy and agriculture industries and currently enjoys a 400-million-dollar dairy surplus with Canada.

Trudeau says he will continue to protect Canada's agriculture producers -- including its supply management system -- as he tries to engage with the U-S administration on a variety of trade irritants.


Officials say they have ended restrictions on poultry producers that were enacted after the first confirmation of avian influenza in commercial birds in Georgia.

News outlets report state veterinarian Robert M. Cobb Jr. said in a news release that effective immediately, all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales, swaps and meets in the State of Georgia are permitted to return back to normal operation.

The restriction was imposed March 16th. Authorities said about 18,000 chickens were destroyed at a northwest Georgia poultry farm after tests confirmed the disease in the flock.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black office said no infected animal entered the food chain or the food supply.


Controversy is brewing over a 43-acre parcel of rolling, untouched farmland located within the city of Calgary.

The city has grown up around what's known as the Hawkwood Farm, but now there are plans to build nearly 900 homes on the land, which isn't sitting well with some people who live in the area.

Ray Sargeant says it's a shame to see the city's old heritage go away.

The land's new owners, Hopewell Residential, says it wants to build a mix of condos and houses. The developer says it would keep a four-acre green space in the centre of the new neighbourhood.


Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to threatened or endangered species.

Lawyers representing Dow and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump's cabinet agencies.

The companies asked them to set aside the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed.

Dow Chemical wrote a one million dollar check to help underwrite Trump's inaugural festivities, and its chairman and C-E-O, Andrew Liveris, heads the White House manufacturing working group.

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