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European Union tariffs to be eliminated

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Upon ratification, EU tariffs will be eliminated on: Durum and high-quality common wheat (currently set at a maximum $190/tonne and $122/tonne, respectively); Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, including fresh cherries (EU seasonal tariffs currently reach as high as 12 per cent), fresh apples (EU seasonal tariffs reaching as high as nine per cent), and

Benoît Bizimungu is a scientist working on improved potato varieties for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

The lowly potato gets a healthy makeover

A low-glycemic potato expands the menu for diabetics

Scientist Benoît Bizimungu and his team at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and the Lethbridge Research Centre in Alberta have developed a low-glycemic potato. Low-glycemic-index foods digest slowly, without creating a big spike of sugar and insulin in the body. This helps to achieve sustainable weight loss and improvement in the management of


Dry soils offer risks and rewards for fall nitrogen applications

Dry soil conditions this fall offer both opportunities and challenges for fall nitrogen application. The risk and success of such operations depend on soil characteristics, weather conditions and machinery operations. Opportunities Usually growers are advised to delay application as long as possible in the fall so soils are cool, in order to prevent or delay

Community pastures still open for now

To ensure long-term prosperity for farmers and the entire agricultural value chain, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is refocusing on the changing priorities of the agriculture industry. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today reassured patrons of the Community Pasture Program that all pastures will remain open for the 2012 season. “No pastures will be affected this

Tax Deferrals For Excess Moisture Victims

The federal government is offering tax deferrals to livestock producers in designated areas of Manitoba who are struggling as a result of excess moisture. This support comes while governments continue working closely to assess the impact of excess moisture to determine what additional assistance is required. “The spring of 2011 was very difficult for our


Science Sweetens Outlook For Honeybees

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists are working on new treatment strategies for a parasite killing our bees, and are identifying the traits needed to breed bees with stronger resistance to disease and parasites. Stephen Pernal is AAFC’s national apiculture research scientist in Beaverlodge, Alberta who specializes in the management and detection of honeybee diseases and

Cwb President Reappointed For Three Years

Agriculture Minister and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board Gerry Ritz has reappointed Ian White as president and chief executive officer (CEO), and David Carefoot as a director of the Canadian Wheat Board. “I am pleased Mr. White and Mr. Carefoot have agreed to continue serving western Canadian farmers,” said Minister Ritz. “As president and

Federal Support For Organic Marketing

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced an investment of more than $150,000 to assist the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) in promoting Canada’s high-quality organic products to consumers abroad. COTA is one of several organic organizations across the country that is partnering to make Organic Week Oct. 11 to 16 a success. “This investment will


Harnessing Natural Alternatives To Synthetic Fertilizers

For more than 50 years, farmers have been using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to increase our food production, and with great success. These fertilizers, often made from fossil fuels, used to be relatively cheap and convenient. As prices increase, however, both farmers and consumers are feeling the pinch of higher costs for producing and buying

Ag Canada scientist wins writing award

  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research scientist Ernest Small has been named winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Canadian Science Writing in the adult category for his book Top 100 Food Plants:  the World’s Most Important Culinary Crops. The $10,000 award was given out at a ceremony in Toronto on September 21st. Top