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Senior P.E.I. ag official to fill deputy minister post

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The post of top bureaucrat in Prince Edward Island's agriculture department now has its third occupant in as many months. Premier Dennis King on June 7 named Brian Matheson, previously director of policy and agriculture resources at the agriculture and land department, as its acting deputy minister, replacing Laurie Loane. Loane, who'd been named deputy minister effective May 10, has "tendered her resignation" from the position and is returning to her previous post as executive director…
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Visible Canadian canola stocks back above one million tonnes

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MarketsFarm -- Solid deliveries into the commercial pipeline and lacklustre export movement saw visible Canadian canola supplies climb back above one million tonnes during the week ended June 9, according to the latest grain handling report from the Canadian Grain Commission. Farmers delivered 422,500 tonnes of canola during week 45 of the 2018-19 crop year -- down slightly from the previous week, but well above the year-to-date weekly average of 364,000 tonnes. Total visible…
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U.S. livestock: CME lean hogs slide on fund liquidation

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Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures fell more than two per cent on Friday on long liquidation and slower-than-expected export demand for U.S. pork supplies, analysts and traders said. Traders have been anticipating a jump in U.S. pork exports this year as African swine fever, a deadly hog disease, ravages China's massive hog herd. But so far, shipments of U.S. pork have not been as large as some had hoped. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported…
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U.S. grains: Corn reaches five-year high on crop uncertainty, firm cash

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Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago corn futures climbed to their highest level in five years on Friday as forecasts for more showers in the eastern Midwest next week clouded U.S. production prospects, analysts said. Soybeans also advanced on the weather worries and wheat closed higher after a choppy session. Chicago Board of Trade July corn settled up 11 cents at $4.53 per bushel after reaching $4.57-1/4, a contract high and the highest for a most-active contract since June…
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Cannabis edibles clear for legal launch before year-end

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Food products containing cannabis are expected to be on the retail market by mid-December at the earliest under new federal regulations announced Friday. Health Canada on Friday announced amendments to the Cannabis Regulations will be published June 26 to come into force Oct. 17, laying out rules for legal production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis-based topicals. The new rules "seek to reduce the health risks of these cannabis products" while "provid(ing) for…
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Agricultural plastics not part of federal ban

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The federal government's plan to halt Canada's consumption of single-use plastics such as shopping bags, straws and stir sticks over the next couple of years won't extend to farm chemical containers and grain bags. Cleanfarms, the national industry stewardship body operating waste management and recycling programs for agricultural packaging, said Thursday that plastic products such as grain bags and plastic chemical packaging including jugs and bags are "not on the list of single-use…
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Beyond Meat’s new competitor: Tyson’s pea-and-meat blended burger

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Reuters -- U.S. meat processor Tyson Foods on Thursday launched its first vegetarian and mixed-protein products, including a beef and pea burger, as it seeks to compete with Beyond Meat and other companies catering to rising demand for plant-based alternatives to meat. Tyson is betting that meat eaters wanting healthier diets will see their blend as offering a meat taste and vegetable health. It joins other food companies vying for a share of the U.S. alternative meat market…
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Bayer to invest $7.5 billion in new herbicides

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Berlin | Reuters -- Bayer said it would invest five billion euros (C$7.5 billion) in developing new weedkillers and reducing its environmental impact by 30 per cent by 2030, as it seeks to address the fallout from U.S. class-action litigation over glyphosate. "While glyphosate will continue to play an important role in agriculture and in Bayer's portfolio, the company is committed to offering more choices for growers," Bayer said in a statement on Friday. Bayer said these…
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Brazil lifts suspension of beef exports to China

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Sao Paulo | Reuters -- Brazil's government said Thursday it has lifted a suspension of beef exports to China after dealing with an atypical case of BSE, sending shares of Marfrig Global Foods, Minerva and other Brazilian meatpackers soaring. The suspension had been in effect since June 3 after a case was…
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Canada rejects idea of halting Huawei CFO’s extradition

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Ottawa | Reuters -- Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday dismissed a suggestion that Ottawa block the extradition of a top executive from China's Huawei Technologies to the United States, saying it would set a dangerous precedent. Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested on U.S. fraud charges in Vancouver last December, will challenge Washington's extradition request at hearings that are set to begin next January. China angrily demanded…
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