By Vanessa Culbert
The American dairy industry is split on the question of Canada's supply-management system.
With negotiators at the NAFTA talks in Washington holding their first session on agriculture, the American dairy industry is split on the question of Canada's supply-management system.
At least five U-S farming organizations want to emulate the Canadian system of price-and-import controls.
That puts them at odds with both the main national milk lobby, which is tied to export-based producers, and the position of the U-S government, which opposes Canadian supply management and has spent years working to weaken it.
Canada's agriculture minister says using D-N-A-based technology to test the health of fruit plants will grow agricultural exports.
Lawrence MacAulay says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is leading two projects where new science will be used to find faster ways of determining if fruit plants are infected with viruses.
One project will test seeds, cuttings and bulbs imported to Canada for growing new varieties of plants.
The other project looks to use a single test to determine if strawberry plants have any of a number of viruses.
Government help may be on the way for farmers and ranchers hard hit by wildfires that have charred a huge area of British Columbia.
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and B-C's Lana Popham have met in Victoria say they are working to assess how the fires have hurt food producers.
Additional assistance is also being considered to help farmers and ranchers return to full production.
The extra help could cover everything from costs related to feeding, sheltering, transporting and ensuring the health of livestock to the expenses of re-establishing crops and pastures wiped out by the fires.