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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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Canadian Agriculture Sector Remains Strong

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

Three new reports released today, the Farm Income Forecast for 2013 and 2014, the Medium Term Outlook and the Farm Income, Financial Conditions and Government Assistance Data Book, 2013, suggest an overall positive situation for the agriculture sector …

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Technical Briefing Regarding Agriculture Sector Reports

Posted February 18, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is set to release three reports ¿ Canada’s Farm Income Forecast for 2013 and 2014, the Medium Term Outlook for Canadian Agriculture, and the Farm Income, Financial Conditions and Government Assistance Data Book, 2013.

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Harper Government Strengthens Canadian Poultry Research

Posted February 18, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $4 million to the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) to further strengthen the poultry industry’s role within the Canadian agri-food sector.

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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to address London Chamber of Commerce

Posted February 18, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, will be in London, Ontario on Wednesday, February 19th to address the London Chamber of Commerce about investment and innovation in Canada’s agriculture industry.

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Harper Government Supports Poultry Industry

Posted February 17, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be at the Poultry Industry Council headquarters in Guelph to make an important announcement in support of the Canadian poultry industry. 

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Canada and British Columbia Invest in Tree Fruits

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

Research and development, new technology will help boost Okanagan tree fruit production

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Government of Canada announces proposed regulations to experimental lakes area research activities

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

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the proposed Experimental Lakes Area Research Activities Regulations have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for a 30-day public comment period, ending on March…

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Harper Government takes further steps to ensure a sustainable and prosperous aquaculture sector in Canada

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

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, along with Dr. James Lunney, MP for Nanaimo Alberni, today provided further details on the Government of Canada’s investment of $54 million over five years to continue Canada’s Sustainable Aqu…

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Manitoba producers to benefit from new Livestock Price Insurance Program

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

Manitoba’s livestock producers will have a new tool to manage risk and withstand market volatility. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today that the province will participa…

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Harper Government Makes Investment to Develop Key Export Markets for Canadian-Bred Horses

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

On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Member of Parliament Ted Falk (Provencher) announced today an investment of up to $483,650 in Equine Canada (EC) to help develop key export markets with long-term potential for the sale of Canadian-bred hor…

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Harper Government Invests in Canadian Horse Industry

Posted February 6, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, will be in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Friday, February 7, to make an announcement in support of Canada’s horse industry.

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Minister Ritz Highlights Trade Opportunities at Saskatchewan Agriculture Trade Summit

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

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today addressed the 2014 Saskatchewan Agriculture Trade Summit where he highlighted how Saskatchewan producers are profiting from Canada’s international trade and investment plan, including the forthcoming Canada-EU trad…

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More Export Opportunities in Asia for Canadian Beef Producers

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

Taiwan and Canada have signed an arrangement to expand market access to include Canadian bone-in beef and other specified beef products from animals under 30 months of age (UTM). The arrangement will level the playing field for Canadian beef producers …

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Harper Government to Further Address Grain Logistics System Challenges

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

Following meetings today with representatives from the grain supply chain, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the Government is taking further action on early recommendations presented by members of the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG) t…

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