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Agriculture Report

Wheat Worries Under NAFTA

By Al Parrish

There are calls for Canada to harmonize wheat trade regulations with the United States.

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is concerned about language in the Canada Grain Act that goes back decades.

Executive director Robin Speer says it calls for the automatic downgrading of American wheat imports to the lowest quality.

He is concerned it could potentially open the door to U.S. trade action as the Trump administration looks to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement.

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Biowaste is being tested as an environmentally friendly way of cleaning soil at old gas stations.

University of Saskatchewan soil scientist Derek Peak say microbes have the ability to use hydrocarbons as an energy source, but are limited by the amount of phosphorous in the soil.

New compounds will be developed using converted biowaste from cattle processing plants. It is hoped these new additives can trap and remove petroleum hydrocarbons for easier digestion by soil-based organisms.

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology have received 750-thousand dollars in federal funding for the three-year project.

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The federal government is investing 120-thousand dollars on the Canadian Food Innovators science cluster.

The money will be used to consult with food and beverage processors on the research and innovation priorities they want to see to advance the sector.

This additional funding brings the total federal investment with C-F-I to 2.6 million dollars.

The government says it also builds on the activities currently underway as part of the five-year Canadian Food Processing Innovation and Prosperity Cluster.

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The United States says it will allow lemon imports from Argentina's top producing region for the first time in 16 years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that it will lift the ban on lemons from northwestern Argentina on May 26th.

The decision comes days after President Donald Trump said that he was reviewing the position of his administration on the issue.

In December, President Barack Obama's administration said it would lift the ban. It had been imposed following complaints by producers in California that the Argentine lemons carried diseases.

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