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‘… when it comes to tending to the environment in a sustainable way and caring for animals humanely, Manitoba farmers are world leaders.’ – Cam Dahl.

Opinion: Public trust and modern agriculture

Don’t dread the public’s newfound interest — treat it as an opportunity

I find that many farmers react to the words “public trust” like a cat running across hot pavement. The subject is often viewed as a threat, seen by some as rhetorical cover for those who want to dismantle modern agriculture. While I understand the reaction, I have a different response. I see public questions on

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Demand seen soaring for legal, farm-killed meat

LOCAL | Producers, particularly small-scale farmers, would benefit from similar regulations in Manitoba, says Direct Farm Manitoba Demand for on-farm slaughter licences in Alberta has exploded since last summer when a rule change allowed consumers to buy individual animals and have them processed on the farm. Manitoba should have its own, similar regulations, says Direct


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Manitoba ‘on track’ on PigCARE, PigSAFE registrations

Delays have extended deadlines on PigCARE and PigSAFE to January 2024

Manitoba saw a surge of producers registered with the Canadian Pork Council’s (CPC) PigCARE and PigSAFE programs in the last year, but rollout has been slower than first hoped. Why it matters: The Manitoba Pork Council has said the programs, and their increased biosecurity and traceability requirements, are critical for maintaining market access. Just under

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U.S. rolls back inspection rules for egg products

New rule to affect 83 U.S. facilities

Chicago | Reuters — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will stop requiring U.S. plants that produce egg products to have full-time government inspectors, in the first update of inspection methods in 50 years. Under a new rule that takes effect immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow companies such as Cargill and Sonstegard

A customer shops at a pork meat hall at the Yuegezhuang wholesale market in Beijing on June 17, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Tingshu Wang)

Food exporters to China asked to declare produce coronavirus-free

Declaration puts onus on exporters for product safety

Beijing | Reuters — China’s customs authority has asked food exporters to the country to sign a declaration their produce is not contaminated by the novel coronavirus, three people who received a letter said on Friday. The declaration, seen by Reuters, may be an effort by China to reduce the additional testing it has carried


Unlike what many analysts have said in the past, the food sector has never been recession-proof. COVID-19, however, may show us that it is in fact immune to deflationary pressures.

Opinion: Better get used to higher food prices

Food inflation is vastly outstripping price advances in other products

Despite a negative inflation rate, recent StatsCan numbers are telling us that we are in for a wild ride at the grocery store. The numbers are also telling. While the general inflation rate sits at -0.2 per cent, the food inflation rate is at 3.4 per cent. In December 2019, Canada’s Food Price Report forecasted

A food sector representative says the industry is facing ‘extraordinary cost pressures’ that need to be addressed with either government support or food price increases.

Food and beverage sector misunderstood by regulators

Food-processing plants were designed with food safety in mind, not social distancing

Officials from Food and Beverage Canada told a parliamentary committee that the COVID-19 pandemic shows there is a “fundamental misunderstanding of how Canada’s food system operates” among senior policy-makers. The comments were made during a digital meeting of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food on May 8. James Donaldson, who sits on the board

The CFIA says that the exemption would help ease any meat shortages that emerge because of the ongoing pandemic.

Interprovincial meat exemption raises questions

Manitoba ag minister says questions remain on interprovincial exemption for trade of provincially inspected meat

Provincial meat plants may be able to temporarily do business across provincial lines thanks to a temporary exemption, but Manitoba officials argue that the federal measure doesn’t go far enough and details are scarce. Why it matters: Manitoba’s agriculture minister is pushing for regulations on interprovincial trade to be generally relaxed, and not just during


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Ontario offers cash for abattoir upgrades

Applications now being accepted through April

Ontario’s 123 provincially-licensed abattoirs can now start applying for a piece of $2 million in federal/provincial funding to step up food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare measures. The Ontario and federal governments on Wednesday announced applications for cost-share funding can be submitted between now and April 30, “as long as funding for the initiative is

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EU-Canada trade deal clears hurdle in Dutch parliament

Amsterdam | Reuters — The European Union’s free trade agreement with Canada cleared a political hurdle on Tuesday, when a slim majority of lawmakers in the Dutch lower house voted to ratify the contested deal. Votes by members of the country’s governing coalition were enough to approve the deal, which was rejected by opposition parties