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Minister Ritz Announces Reappointment to the Canadian Wheat Board

Posted April 14, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the reappointment of Mr. David Carefoot as a Director of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).

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Over 99.9% of fresh leafy green vegetables tested had no detectable pathogens

Posted April 11, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a survey released today found that more than 99.9 per cent of leafy green vegetable samples had no detectable levels of bacterial pathogens and were safe …

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Harper Government Boosts Manufacturing Capabilities in the West

Posted April 11, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agricultural machinery and heavy equipment manufacturers across Western Canada will benefit from improved testing capacity of their innovative product designs, thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). Weste…

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Harper Government to Announce Support for Business Innovation

Posted April 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Members of the media are invited to attend an important event with the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, in support of Western Canada’s manufacturing sector.

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Minister Ritz to Lead Agriculture Trade Mission to the Republic of Korea Following Conclusion of Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Posted April 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Mission includes a delegation of 30 agriculture stakeholders with the goal to unlock opportunities in lucrative Asian market

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Applications for Western Livestock Price Insurance Now Available

Posted April 9, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

New insurance tool will protect livestock producers against price declines.

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Harper Government Supports New Commercialization and Export Opportunities for Animal Nutrition Industry

Posted April 4, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced an investment to support the establishment of the Animal Nutrition and Ingredient Development Program at the University of Alberta.

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Harper Government to Announce Support for Western Canada’s Animal Nutrition Industry

Posted April 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Members of the media are invited to attend an important event with the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, at the University of Alberta’s Agri-Food Discovery Place in support of creating new market opport…

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Juice and bottled water tested for antimony found safe

Posted March 28, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a survey released today found that all juice and bottled water tested for antimony were safe to consume.

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Harper Government Supports Initiative Aimed at Attracting Foreign Investment to Winnipeg

Posted March 28, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification announced $170,000 in support to Economic Development Winnipeg to attract international investment to Winnipeg through the YES! Winnipeg initiative.

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Ministers Ritz to Discuss the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

Posted March 27, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be in Calgary, Alberta, on Friday, March 28, to discuss the Government’s new legislation, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act.

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Harper Government to Announce Support Aimed at Attracting Direct Foreign Investment to Winnipeg

Posted March 27, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

On Friday March 28, 2014 the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, will make an announcement to benefit foreign investment in Winnipeg.

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Ministers Ritz and Raitt to Discuss the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

Posted March 26, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt will be in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Thursday, March 27, to discuss the Government’s new legislation, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act.

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Ministers Ritz to Discuss the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

Posted March 26, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Thursday, March 27, to discuss the Government’s new legislation, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act.

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Harper Government Introduces Legislation to Address Rail Capacity Challenges

Posted March 26, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt today introduced in Parliament the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, strong action to respond to the challenges currently facing Western Canada’s rail shipping system.

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Ministers Ritz and Raitt to Make Important Announcement, Officials to hold Technical briefing on Government of Canada measures to get commodities to market

Posted March 26, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt will be available to the media today at 4:00 pm. Media availability will take place in the Foyer of the House of Commons.

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No health concerns found in foods tested for acrylamide

Posted March 21, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a study released today did not find acrylamide in any samples of high carbohydrate foods at levels that would be considered unsafe for consumption.

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National Traceability and Assurance Programs Being Developed and Implemented for Dairy Sector

Posted March 21, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, and Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, today announced support of close to $945,000 under the AgriMarketing Program for the dairy sector to develop and impl…

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Innovative New Programs Being Developed and Implemented for Canada’s Dairy Sector

Posted March 20, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, and Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, will be in Cardinal, Ontario on Friday, March 21, to make an announcement in support of Canada’s dairy sector.

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Harper Government Supporting Innovative Meat Processing

Posted March 20, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture announced today a $5 million investment to Maple Leaf Foods to purchase and install new meat processing technology that will improve the company’s operating and production efficienc…

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Harper Government Invests in Innovative Technology

Posted March 19, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture will be in Hamilton, Ontario, on Thursday, March 20, to make an announcement in support of the meat processing sector.

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Harper Government Helps Apple Valley Foods Expand Capacity and Improve Competitiveness

Posted March 19, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Federal investments totalling $2.5 million, announced today by MP Greg Kerr (West Nova), will support the purchase and installation of new production line equipment to increase automation, precision and packaging, improve quality control and enhance ef…

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More than 97% of pasta products tested negative for egg

Posted March 14, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a study released today found that more than 97 per cent of pasta products tested had no detectable levels of egg.

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Harper Government meets with Livestock Producers about Agricultural Growth Act

Posted March 13, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Round table dialogue on Bill C-18 helps inform government priorities

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MP Rick Norlock to Highlight the Government of Canada’s Support for Energy Project with Alderville First Nation

Posted March 12, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Please be advised that Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, will tour the Alderville First Nation’s solar farm.

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Harper Government meets with Horticulture Industry about <em>Agricultural Growth Act</em>

Posted March 12, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, today met with key agriculture stakeholders to discuss the proposed modernization of Canada’s agriculture legisla…

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Harper Government Invests to Enhance Farm Management Capacity

Posted March 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Farm Management Canada eligible to receive over $4 million to strengthen producers’ business skills

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Harper Government Supports Farm Business

Posted March 7, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, will make an announcement on Monday, March 10, 2014, in support of farm business.

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Minister Ritz to Address U.S. Grains Council Delegates

Posted March 5, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to deliver a keynote address to the U.S. Grains Council’s Annual Board of Delegates Meeting.

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Nunavut National Park to Expand

Posted March 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Nunavut’s fourth national park, Ukkusiksalik National Park, has expanded by 327 square kilometers thanks to an exchange of land between the Government of Canada and the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA).

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Range Wars, 21st Century-Style

Posted March 3, 2014 by The Mound of Sound

It’s a classic theme of the ‘wild west’ – range wars where free-range cattle ranchers clashed with farmers whose fenced fields blocked their way.  Today it’s a struggle between farmers and frackers and this time the struggle is over water, more specifically who gets it and who goes without.

This has been going on in Texas for some time and, generally, it’s the frackers who win.  Now the same thing has flared up in drought-stricken California, especially in the rich agricultural area of the Monterey Basin beneath which lies an awful lot of fossil fuel just waiting to be fracked.

Despite several polls indicating that a majority of California residents are opposed to the “water-intensive extreme oil and gas extraction process” known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the state’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has continued to pledge his support for pro-fracking legislation.
 
As Brown gets closer to signing a piece of legislation that would allow for the expansion of fracking and other controversial forms of oil extraction in California’s Monterey Shale formation, located beneath California’s “most prized” farmland, opponents have boosted their work to ban fracking in the state.
 
On this one, Jerry Brown is dead wrong.  Those oil and gas reserves have been securely sequestered underground for millions of years.  They’re not going anywhere.  They’ll still be right where they sit when the drought ends.  It’s the farmers who have long contributed to California’s prosperity that are at mortal risk if they’re not given priority access over frackers to the limited water supply.
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Harper Government to Help Dairy Sector Increase Productivity

Posted February 28, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today announced an investment of over $4 million to the Skotidakis Goat Farm to increase production of Greek feta and ri…

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Agriculture innovation gets boost through Growing Forward 2

Posted February 26, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have invested an additional $10.4 million in a program that promotes the creation of new products and practices in B.C.’s agrifood industry.

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada recognizes Jean Robitaille for his contribution to recreational fisheries

Posted February 24, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

On behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Richard Nadeau, Regional Director General in Quebec Region, presented Jean Robitaille with a 2013 National Recreational Fisheries Award on February 21, 2014.

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Deadline for terminating inshore fishing controlling agreement fast approaching

Posted February 24, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Inshore fishermen in Atlantic Canada and Québec are reminded that they have until April 12, 2014 to terminate or adjust their controlling agreements in order to comply with the policy on Preserving the Independence of the Inshore Fleet in Canada’s Atlantic Fisheries (PIIFCAF).

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Governments enhance crop insurance with excess moisture coverage for 2012

Posted February 21, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Alberta producers will have more crop insurance options to protect against losses caused by weather-related disasters in 2012. Enhancements to the federal-provincial AgriInsurance program were announced today by federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz …

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Harper Government Helps Boost Competiveness of Canadian Horticulture

Posted February 20, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Working to improve the long-term economic viability of Canada’s horticultural sector

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Pork Producers Take Advantage of Trade Opportunities

Posted February 19, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture), outlined the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting and enhancing the competitiveness of Canada’s pork sector in international markets today at the…

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Harper Government Invests in Farm Safety

Posted February 19, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association receives funding in support of five year project.

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Harper Government Supports Canada’s First Commercial Bio-based Chemical Plant

Posted February 19, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced a significant repayable investment by the Government of Canada in BioAmber Sarnia, to help the industry leader build the world’s largest commercial plant to produce bio-based succinic acid.

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