Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Collaboration to Protect Canadian Food

By Fadi Didi

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is protecting Canada's food, plants and animals through science and collaboration with partners internationally and in Canada.

The C-F-I-A recently signed a science-sharing memorandum of understanding with France's food regulator in Ottawa.

The aim is to better protect people, animals, and the natural environment through the sharing of cutting-edge science.

The new agreement strengthens and formalize scientific cooperation on innovative research taking place at the C-F-I-A network of laboratories and the French network of labs.


Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico say they have made a breakthrough in developing a quick blood test for bovine tuberculosis.

The research involves adapting a test used to detect T-B in people so that it can work on cattle and other animals.

The main way investigators now look for bovine tuberculosis hasn't changed much in years and involves a skin reaction test that can take a long time, and the results can be hard to detect.

The researchers hope their test could someday spare ranchers and governments from costly quarantines and mass slaughters of cattle.


The federal government has announced 20 research projects meant to help in the development and use of clean and sustainable agricultural technologies and practices.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in Edmonton for the announcement, where the University of Alberta received 3-point-7 million dollars for three projects that will explore the environmental footprint of different cereal crops, cattle grazing systems and shelterbelts.

The new research projects are supported by the 27-million-dollar, five-year Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program.

The program is intended to help create technologies, practices and processes to help the agricultural sector adjust to climate change.


Soy Canada executive director Jim Everson has been named as the next president of the Canola Council of Canada.

Everson has over six years of previous experience at the Canola Council, serving as vice president of government relations from 2008 to 2015.

Before joining the Canola Council in 2008, he was a government relations consultant in Ottawa, also serving as a senior political advisor in the federal government.

Everson's experience also include a previous role as executive director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association.


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