Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Canada and US Ag Ministers Meet

By Fadi Didi

Bilateral agriculture trade reached $62 billion dollars in 2016.


Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has held his first face-to-face meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

The meeting took place Monday in Toronto.

The two discussed shared priorities and underlined the importance of agricultural trade for both the Canadian and American economies and the competitiveness of the sector.

Canada and the U.S. are each other's largest trade partner for agriculture and food, with bilateral agriculture trade reaching 62 billion dollars in 2016.


Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are setting the stage for what may be a new entry into the Canadian-grown ``super'' food market.

Lingonberries are already popular in Scandinavian cuisine where they are used in sauces for chicken and pork, as well as in muffins and breads.

Small, tart and slightly sweet, they are native to British Columbia, Manitoba, and Atlantic Canada and have the potential to become a valuable crop for Canadian growers.

Federal researchers say the lingonberry may help prevent weight gain, and help keep down high sugar and cholesterol levels, and say the berry may contribute to healthy kidneys.


The federal government has announced a 1.4 million-dollar investment with the University of British Columbia to identify irrigation practices that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing nitrogen and carbon storage in soil.

It's one of 20 new research projects supported by the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program.

The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.

The program covers four priority areas of research: livestock systems, cropping systems, agricultural water use efficiency and agro-forestry.


It's official -- Max Yasgur's dairy farm is now part of the National Register of Historic Places.

For those who weren't around in 1969, Yasgur's farm about 140 kilometres north of New York was the site of the Woodstock music festival.

After the friendly farmer who welcomed a half million people onto his land died, it was turned into the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Woodstock festival was a pivotal moment in American history.


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