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Annual food contest has new category for alcoholic beverages

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Aspiring Manitoba entrepreneurs with creative ideas for new foods or alcoholic beverages are invited to enter the 11th annual Great Manitoba Food Fight (GMFF), Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced yesterday “Manitoba is home to many budding entrepreneurs with a passion for food and drink and the skill to create innovative and delicious new products,” said Eichler in a release. “The Great Manitoba Food Fight is a fun and exciting way to find a new group of talented Manitobans…
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Small hive beetle appears in New Brunswick

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An emerging pest in honeybee colonies has made its way into New Brunswick for the first time. The province's agriculture department last month quarantined 12 beekeepers' colonies that were in "close proximity" to colonies imported from an Ontario beekeeper to pollinate wild blueberries in the Acadian Peninsula. However, the department said Friday, two beetles have also been confirmed in the past week in colonies from two different beekeepers in Riviere-du-Portage and Aulac. Thus, the…
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So long AIM — it was another good run

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It’s all over now except for the crying, folks. Ag In Motion (AIM) 2017 is history. And really the only crying that might be done, is by the dedicated volunteers and employees of the show who stay on the AIM grounds near Langham, SK for another 10 days to two weeks to clean up and put all the facilities on the 160 acre site to bed for another year. As I drove out past a storage area last Thursday, I figured a person could do all right just with the…
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Olymel to expand Quebec sausage plant

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Quebec meat packing firm Olymel is set to double the production space at the La Fernandiere sausage plant it bought last year at Trois-Rivieres. The company, an arm of major agrifood co-operative La Coop federee, announced plans to spend $8.1 million to double the plant's area to over 45,000 square feet, setting up more space for both production and warehousing. The expansion project, which is already underway, is expected to be complete in December "without any disruption in the…
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Chicken farmers to expand phase-out of antibiotics

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The national body for Canada's chicken producers has set new targets to phase out preventive use of the antimicrobials deemed next-to-most important in human medicine. Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) on Tuesday announced that, following the "successful elimination" of Category I antibiotics for disease prevention in chickens, its antimicrobial use strategy will next focus on eliminating preventive use of Category II antimicrobials in chicken production by the end of next year. Where…
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B.C. NDP’s ag critic named ag minister

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The agriculture critic for British Columbia's opposition New Democrats will be the minister of agriculture as the party takes the governing reins. Lana Popham, the MLA for the Vancouver Island riding of Saanich South, was named Tuesday as ag minister in Premier John Horgan's cabinet. Horgan took over as premier after Christy Clark's Liberals, who won a minority government in the May 9 provincial election, lost a non-confidence vote June 29 against the NDP and Green Party. Born in…
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Ministers agree on new ag funding framework

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Canada's federal, provincial and territorial ministers for agriculture have agreed on the bones of a new five-year policy funding framework, committing them to a review of its business risk management (BRM) programming. The ministers came out of three days of meetings Friday in St. John's with the "key elements" of a five-year, $3 billion framework, to be dubbed the "Canadian Agricultural Partnership," taking over from the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) framework effective April 1 next year,…
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Aerial crop sprayers grounded in Western Canada

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CNS Canada -- Aerial crop sprayers are spending more time on the ground than in the air in Western Canada this season, with hot and dry weather limiting disease pressures and changing the economic threshold for insect applications. "The crops came out of the ground very aggressively and good, but there was a prolonged hot spell without any precipitation and most growers second-guessed themselves on the benefits of a fungicide application," said Colin Bevan of Kindersley Air Spray…
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U.S. grains: Improving forecast weighs on corn, soybeans

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn and soybean futures fell on Friday, pressured by outlooks for some relief for crops stressed by hot and dry weather during the past few weeks, traders said. "It is a little bit of a moderation in the weather forecast," said Bill Gentry, a broker at Risk Management Commodities. "The better rain chances definitely put the market on the defensive." End-of-week profit-taking also weighed on the market following rallies on Thursday that pushed both…
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U.S. livestock: Improved cash prices lift CME live cattle

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Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished firmer on Friday, led by higher cash prices than earlier this week, traders said. Technical buying and futures' discounts to cash returns provided more market support. Investors were awaiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly Cattle on Feed report on Friday at 2 p.m. CT. USDA will simultaneously publish the mid-year U.S. cattle inventory report. August ended 0.55 cent/lb. higher at…
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