Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Porcine Preoccupation

By Fadi Didi

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus outbreak in Manitoba has been top of mind for ag officials in Ottawa.


Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus outbreak in southeast Manitoba has been top of mind for ag officials in Ottawa.

A meeting is planned for August 3rd in Winnipeg to discuss possible changes to the current truck washing regulations.

Many would like to see the rules changed to allow trucks to seal at the U-S border and be washed at a facility in Manitoba.

The meeting will include members of Manitoba Pork, the Canadian Pork Council, Manitoba Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


A new study suggests that India will see more suicides as climate change brings hotter temperatures that damage crops.

The study by the National Academy of Sciences says for every degree Celcius of warming above 20 degrees during the growing season in India, there are 67 more suicides.

Vikram Patel, an expert at Harvard Medical School, says the message is that farming is an inherently risky occupation, and it's getting riskier in the era of climate change.

The agriculture industry currently supports more than half of Indian's population of 1.3 billion people.


A closed door meeting in Chatham involved vegetable growers and greenhouse operators along with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The industry is concerned about the impact from the increasing minimum wage and rising hydro costs.

Greg Devries of Truly Green Farms says several minimum wage options were presented to the premier and he's optimistic a solution is on the horizon.

He also gave the premier credit for changes to hydro rules over the last year to make it more attractive for greenhouses to stay in Ontario.


Italy has announced that country of origin labelling will soon be required on pasta packages sold in that country. That's bad news for Canadian wheat farmers.

Cereals Canada President Cam Dahl says the move would make it more expensive for Italian millers to buy Canadian wheat.

He adds they're looking into what can be done to stop the process from happening.

He says in the long term, there are World Trade Organization remedies, but he says everyone knows how long it took to get a resolution to the U.S. meat country of origin labelling.

He says Canada wants a solution that doesn't take a decade.


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