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Agriculture Report

NAFTA talks in Rhode Island

By Fadi Didi

Some of the U-S governors that are part of Canada's NAFTA negotiation strategy will be at a conference where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a bilateral meeting with U-S Vice-President Mike Pence.

They will be in Rhode Island for a gathering of more than three dozen governors, and there had been whispers that the Canadian delegation might spend time with Pence.

With NAFTA negotiations approaching, Canada has a strategy of reaching out to 11 politically important states -- in the hope that if trade talks hit a rough patch, their governors will advocate for continued open borders.


Manitoba's chief veterinary officer says while there haven't been cases of the P-E-D virus directly tied to trailers returning from the U-S, the province still encourages operators to wash trailers again in Canada.

Megan Bergman says it's because because they can't be sure how well they've been cleaned in the U-S.

Andrew Dickson of the Manitoba Pork Council says trucks that ship swine to the U-S used to have to be cleaned in Manitoba, where he says the process is more thorough than it is south of the border.

But that requirement has been lifted.


Saskatchewan's chief veterinary officer says preliminary necropsy and test results show that 200 animals that were found dead on a pasture last week died of dehydration and possibly salt toxicity.

Dr. Betty Althouse says one water source on the pasture is a dugout, which may have become unsuitable for livestock due to evaporation and increased concentration of salts in the water.

The dead cows and calves were on Crown pasture land south of the community of Chaplin, which was operated and leased out by 31 patrons.

Southwestern Saskatchewan has been baking under the heat. Last week, Environment Canada issued a heat warning for much of the region as temperatures hovered around 30 Celsius.


Toronto councillors are considering a pilot project that would allow residents in some areas to raise chickens in their backyards.

The move follows a survey that suggested that lifting the ban on chickens could be a popular move.

Several Ontario municipalities including Saugeen Shores, Brampton, and Niagara Falls all allow chickens to be kept in backyard coops.

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