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Korea lifts ban on beef from cattle fed Zilmax

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Seoul | Reuters -- South Korea has lifted a ban on animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, a food ministry official said Tuesday. Seoul had earlier flagged that it intended to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck's Zilmax. The official confirmed that imports of beef muscle with one part per billion (ppb) of zilpaterol, five ppb in beef liver and 10 ppb in beef kidney had been approved as of late last month. South Korea suspended some U.S.…
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Sask., B.C. reach deal on direct wine, spirits sales

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Consumers in each of British Columbia and Saskatchewan may be able to order wine and craft spirits directly from the other province's producers, starting next summer, without having to involve the Crown or third-party vendors. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced an agreement Friday they said will "lift barriers to consumers and enables free trade, benefiting consumers and strengthening the Canadian wine and craft distillers industries." The agreement,…
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Klassen: Feeder cattle market remains variable

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The western Canadian feeder cattle market continues to trade in a volatile fashion. Similar-quality cattle varied by as much as $10 per hundredweight (cwt) in some cases, especially on calves under 600 pounds. There are three key factors enhancing the volatility in the feeder market at this time. First, wholesale beef prices are under pressure due to softer retail and restaurant spending during the fall period. Secondly, Alberta fed cattle prices were $4/cwt lower this week, trading at…
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P.E.I. field quarantined with potato wart

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A 35-acre field on Prince Edward Island is under quarantine and its crops set to be destroyed after the plot was confirmed to have potato wart. The finding was confirmed last week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has ordered "movement controls" on all equipment, plants, potato tubers and soil from the affected farm. Equipment and machinery on the farm will be cleaned and disinfected to prevent potential spread of the disease, CFIA said in a release Friday. CFIA said Friday…
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Western Sask. terminal owners approve CWB bid

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Shareholders in western Saskatchewan's Great Sandhills Terminal (GST) have unanimously approved an offer from the grain company formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board. CWB announced Friday it's completed its $17.4 million acquisition of GST, following an Aug. 18 meeting at which 100 per cent of shareholder votes went in favour of the deal. CWB's all-cash deal, valued at $581.98 per GST share, "strengthens our presence in western Saskatchewan with the addition of another large-capacity…
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Mustard crops look good, harvest underway in SW Sask.

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CNS Canada -- Canada's mustard crop is seen to be in a good state right now as harvesting begins in some areas of the country. "I think harvest has started in the southwest part of Saskatchewan. That's the earliest start because they were the first to get in the fields," said Walter Dyck of Olds Products at Lethbridge, Alta. "And I know there where some timely rains that did hit in that period, in the last month, so I think that mustard crops overall are looking pretty…
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California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules: EPA

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Reuters -- A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan could violate the federal Clean Water Act and further degrade the delta's ecosystem. The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for the US$25 billion water plan to divert water from the Sacramento River above the delta, sending it through massive underground tunnels to…
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Manitoba beans progressing well, late harvest seen

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CNS Canada -- Manitoba edible bean crops have been progressing well over the past few weeks -- but not enough, it seems, to push harvest back up to normal time slots. "The harvest is going to be a little later than normal," said Francois Labelle, interim executive director for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. "It will be in September, we won't see any beans harvested in August. "We're seeing a lot of leaf drop (and) early maturing going on in the edible beans now, and…
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Levinoff-Colbex beef plant to be sold for parts: report

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A Quebec cattle producer group's bid to buy and reopen the shuttered Levinoff-Colbex beef packing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region has been rejected, according to the province's main farm organization. The ill-fated cull cow slaughter plant's receiver, Richter Advisory Group of Montreal, had been taking bids on the St-Cyrille-de-Wendover plant's assets this summer, for sale "as is, where is," either as a whole or on a "piecemeal" basis. A call for tenders was issued from Richter in…
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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle supported by higher cash trade

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled up on Friday boosted by higher prices in the cash cattle market, traders said. Cash cattle, or market-ready cattle, sold in the U.S. Plains at $155 to $156 per hundredweight (cwt), traders said (all figures US$). Last week, cash cattle in Kansas and Nebraska moved at mostly $153 to $155/cwt. Steady retail demand for beef products combined with packers needing slaughter supplies supported this week's…
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