Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Contaminated Eggs

By Fadi Didi

Countries have reported receiving contaminated eggs or egg products in a growing food scandal.


E-U officials say 15 European Union members plus China and Switzerland have reported receiving contaminated eggs or egg products in a growing food scandal.

Several producers in the Netherlands and Belgium are under investigation after eggs there were found to have been treated with a product containing pesticide Fipronil.

E-U trade and agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario said Friday that farms have also been blocked in France and Germany.

He named 13 other countries that have received products from affected farms.


Agricultural producers are paying tribute to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, saying he has left a strong legacy in rural Saskatchewan.

Wall announced last week he plans to retire from politics when a replacement leader is elected for the SaskParty.

Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan president Todd Lewis says Wall was a huge help in terms of farm support programs, highways and rural infrastructure.

Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities president Ray Orb applauded Wall for his rural commitment, noting an increase in municipal revenue sharing and adjustments to the Education Property Tax on agricultural lands has had a significant impact.


Farmers across Canada are eager to find the latest tools to help them figure out the weather forecast.

Those tools include high-tech services that position weather stations throughout a farm to indicate whether the wind is calm enough for spraying or if it's dry enough for tilling.

More detailed weather forecasts are crucial to farmers trying to increase yields on larger plots while contending with more extreme weather.

But Drew Lerner, a practising meteorologist for 38 years, says farmers shouldn't expect any breakthroughs on long-term weather forecasting.

He says that really comes down to a great deal of prayer.


The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission is advising farmers to properly apply pre-harvest chemical treatment this month.

Sask Wheat chairman Bill Gehl says there is increased public scrutiny for many chemicals and it is always important to apply farm chemicals according to the label information.

He says residues are a major issue for many customers and end-users of Canadian wheat.

Sask Wheat says farmers see benefits of using pre-harvest glyphosate to control perennial weeds, but it is important to time the application when the wheat moisture content is less than 30 per cent, or at the end of the hard dough stage. 

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