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Top U.S. chicken-producing state sees first case of bird flu

Chicago | Reuters — Georgia has confirmed its first-ever case of bird flu in commercial poultry, its agriculture department said on Monday, widening an outbreak of the disease into the United States’ biggest chicken meat-producing state. A flock of 18,000 chickens used for breeding was culled after testing positive for H7 bird flu, according to […] Read more



Non-tariff trade barriers remain major obstacle

They’ve become a favourite tool to block trade now that tariffs are out of fashion

While tariffs on agri-food products are declining around the world, non-tariff trade barriers are sprouting up like weeds, the Commons agriculture has been told. “While we are seeing progress in lowering tariffs, non-tariff trade barriers are frequently waiting, or newly created ones are set in place to be the next wave of protectionism that we […] Read more


JBS weighs suspending U.S. IPO

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s biggest meatpacking company, will decide in coming days whether to suspend listing its overseas operations after a corruption scandal, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo said Monday. A person involved in the deal told Reuters last week JBS had no intention of delaying the US$1 billion […] Read more


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‘Operation Weak Flesh’ takes bite out of Brazil’s meat exports

Sao Paulo | Reuters –– Brazil’s meat exports have fallen sharply since a police investigation into alleged bribery of food-sanitation inspectors in the world’s top beef and poultry exporter sparked a wave of trade bans, an industry group said on Friday. Import restrictions by several key importers of Brazilian meat, ranging from China to Europe, […] Read more



Beef producers seeing more wolf kills

Wolf predation is a growing concern among producers, says association president

A decade ago spotting a wolf was rare in this part of Manitoba’s Interlake. But the one Robert Green shot last fall wasn’t skulking through the bush around their Fisher Branch-area cow-calf operation. The animal had come right into their farmyard. It’s not the only close encounter the Greens have had with wolves lately either. […] Read more


Steinbach dairy is cream of the crop

Brent and Kirsty Oswald have been named Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Cottonwood Holsteins, near Steinbach, has been dairying for three generations now. But when Brent and Kirsty Oswald took over the family operation in 2008, big changes were in store — starting with the robots. In 2009, the couple raised a new barn, moving dairy operations from the building used by Brent’s parents to a new […] Read more