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Agriculture Report

'Unbelievably High' Sales Growth For Pot

By Al Parrish

A U-S consultant hired by Ottawa says jurisdictions that regulate cannabis should expect ``unbelievably high'' sales growth in the first few years as criminals are driven out of business.

Adam Orens says he is not yet authorized to discuss his findings on the future Canadian pot market because his organization is under contract with Health Canada.

However, a look at the group's estimates for Colorado's regulated cannabis industry suggests Canada can expect its own sector to generate billions of dollars per year in direct and indirect economic activity.

Orens' group reported in a study released last fall that Colorado's marijuana industry churned out nearly 2-point-4 billion dollars U-S in economic activity in 2015, created 18-thousand full-time jobs and pumped 121 million dollars U-S in tax revenues into state coffers.


A Manitoba agriculture organization says that when it invited commodity groups for an information session on carbon pricing, many of the groups that gave presentations said the same thing.

Keystone Agriculture Producers says they stressed that farmers must be seen by the general public as assisting in the battle against climate change.

Keystone says 20 commodity groups responded to the invitation, which gave them the opportunity to hear about the province's plans from its senior climate change advisor.

The group argues that agricultural production be exempt.


Donald Trump told a weekend rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he was prepared to announce the U-S was leaving NAFTA until he got calls from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto asking to negotiate.

The Financial Times reported Friday it received a leaked draft executive order that Trump had originally planned to sign on Saturday that would have given five days notice of the U-S intention to leave NAFTA.

A copy of the draft order posted online by the Financial Times says Canada has ``continued to exploit the American dairy and lumber industries.''

Trump drew cheers from the people at the rally when he reminded them of his ``buy American and hire American'' policy.


Scouts in Alberta have started installing bee houses they've built to help combat the alarming decline in local bee populations.

In April, the 2nd St. Albert Scout Group built 300 bee houses, which they'll place throughout St. Albert and on farms in the surrounding area.

Scouts Canada is once again calling on Canadians of all ages to brighten someone's day through a gesture of kindness during the 8th annual Good Turn Week taking place April 29 - May 7, 2017.

The organization is launching more than 30 major Good Turn Week projects from coast to coast.

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