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Agriculture Report

Hells Angels Swag At Ag Fair

By Fadi Didi

Kiosk sold clothing and merchandise, much of it in the motorcyle gang's signature red & white.


The management of a Quebec agricultural fair is admitting it made a mistake in allowing a group associated with the Hells Angels to sell products at the site.

Fair director Francois Brouillard says the group has left the Saint-Hyacinthe exposition at the request of management.

The group had been operating a kiosk that sold clothing and other merchandise, much of it in the motorcyle gang's signature red and white.

Brouillard had originally defended the group's presence at the site and pointed out it wasn't doing anything illegal. But management changed its mind after seeing the public's reaction.


The federal government has announced the fulfillment of a commitment made to dairy producers last November.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay unveiled two programs worth 350 million dollars, aimed at dairy producers and processors.

One of them will enable investments such as robotic and other automated systems that improve farm productivity.

The other will support investments in equipment and infrastructure, or provide access to specialized expertise to introduce new products or processes.


The federal government has unveiled a pair of programs to compensate the Canadian dairy industry for some of the hardships that will be felt as part of the Canada-European Union trade deal, known as CETA.

Almost 18 million kilograms of European cheeses will be allowed to enter into Canada tariff-free on an annual basis.

The government also announced how it plans to distribute import cheese licenses, giving fifty per cent of the tariff rate quotas to Canadian cheese makers, while the other half has been allocated to distributors and retailers.

David Wiens of the Dairy Farmers of Canada says he's pleased to see that the government has acknowledged that the access granted to the E-U will negatively impact dairy farmers in Canada.


Mexico's food safety agency says it is premature to point to Mexican papayas as the source of a salmonella outbreak in the U.S.

One person in New York has died of the disease and 46 have fallen ill in 12 other states.

A statement by Mexico's Agriculture Department says agency technicians have begun collecting samples from across Mexico.

The agency say it will not be possible to pinpoint the origin of the outbreak until a laboratory analysis is completed.

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