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Agriculture Report

Chicken Farm Staff With Body Cameras

By Fadi Didi

This after an animal advocacy group released a video of alleged abuse.


A chicken-catching company at the centre of an animal cruelty investigation in B.C. says it will require staff to wear body cameras after an animal advocacy group released video of alleged abuse.

Dwayne Dueck, president of Elite Services in Chilliwack, says it will be mandatory for one supervisor and two staff members in each barn to wear cameras on their vests, and the video will be reviewed at the end of each day.

The announcement comes after the S-P-C-A launched an investigation following the release of undercover video by Mercy for Animals that shows workers allegedly hitting, kicking and throwing chickens.

A statement from Elite Services says six staff members have now been fired.


A program to teach young people about agriculture is getting a boost of over half-a-million dollars from Ottawa.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the one-year investment for Agriculture in the Classroom Canada on Friday.

The money will develop and deliver educational resources about the agriculture and agri-food sector to primary and secondary students across the country, and will promote career opportunities in the sector.

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada's programs are delivered through its provincial member organizations.


The federal Agriculture Department has given 2.9 million dollars to two McGill University projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by water and fertilizer use in agriculture.

The funding, which comes from the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program, will enable McGill University to develop policies, models and new practices for water management systems.

It will also assess the effectiveness and the impact on soils of using municipal biosolids as fertilizers in three different Canadian climate zones.

These projects will provide farmers with access to cost-effective best management practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


The World Pork Expo has wrapped up in Des Moines, Iowa.

Manitoba Pork General Manager Andrew Dickson says the event attracts about 20-thousand people, mostly American producers, adding there is a significant number of people from Canada, Europe and Asia.

Dickson says a lot of foreign equipment was shown, especially from China.

He says much of the talk at the event focused on the renegotiation of NAFTA, and biosecurity issues surrounding the spread of diseases. 

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