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Trudeau names new transport, foreign affairs ministers

Garneau to handle foreign policy; Omar Alghabra takes transport

Ottawa | Reuters — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named new ministers for foreign affairs and transport on Tuesday ahead of an election that insiders in his Liberal Party say is likely this year. Trudeau’s hand was forced when Innovations Minister Navdeep Bains, 43, unexpectedly announced he was resigning from politics for family reasons. Bains, who

U.S. says it would ban pig shipments if swine fever detected

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it will prohibit shipments of all pigs for at least three days if the nation ever finds a case of a fatal hog disease that has ravaged China’s herd. The federal government is preparing to contain and eradicate African swine fever if it spreads


Hay disaster benefit kicks in for Manitoba growers

Eligible Manitoba forage growers can expect to share in a $5 million hay disaster benefit (HDB) for the 2019 crop year. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC), the provincial crop insurance agency, announced Friday that the HDB has been activated and benefit payments to eligible forage producers on about 1,500 claims will begin “shortly.” The HDB,

Federal Tories pledge to postpone new livestock transport rules

A federal Conservative government would postpone major amendments to animal health regulations dealing with livestock transport, otherwise due to come into effect in February next year. Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives on Friday released a platform promising a number of regulatory changes of interest to grain and livestock producers ahead of the federal election on Oct. 21.

PED not yet done with Alberta

Just when it appeared Alberta’s on-farm outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) may have been a one-off, the province has confirmed a second case. Officials with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry on Friday announced they’ve confirmed and are investigating a new PED outbreak at a 600-head farrow-to-finish hog operation at an unspecified location. “At this time,


The original 30-kilometre radius was intended for urban centres and moving product at port. It encompassed very few grain- loading facilities: six per cent had access at 30 kilometres. Now at 160 km, 92 per cent have access.” – Fiona Cook, Grain Growers of Canada

Rail regulation vital to grain farmers

Temporary measures should be extended beyond next August because they’re forcing railways to be more competitive

Prairie farmers pay the price when the railways fail to move their grain on time. That was the message farm leaders had too, to the Commons transport committee recently, as part of a pitch to extend temporary competition provisions introduced in 2014 beyond next August 1. “In the 2014-15 year Canadian farmers paid $1.4 billion

Once animals have been loaded onto the level trailer surface, hydraulic lifts raise the animals into a locked position.

Livestock transport company testing new trailer design

Prototype will be tested for six to 12 months

One of North America’s largest commercial livestock carriers recently unveiled a new trailer that may revolutionize the future of livestock transportation. Steve’s livestock transport, which transports more than 2,500 head of cattle and 150,000 pigs throughout North America weekly, has partnered with Wilson Trailer Company of Sioux City, Iowa, to develop an all-aluminum hydraulic lift

Traders engage in turf war for Russian terminals

Investments planned to take export capacity from 
30 million to 50 million tonnes

International trade houses are buying into Russian grain port facilities to try to counter high handling costs from one of the world’s top producers of cereals, making smaller players fear they will lose out. Even with erratic harvests in recent years, Russia normally ranks among the top five global wheat exporters. But a lack of


KAP president tells ag minister rail service unacceptable

Gerry Ritz says rail performance, which is being monitored, 
is adequate given the big crop to move

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says he has yet to see conclusive proof that the railways aren’t doing an adequate job moving this year’s bumper crop to market. “I hear a lot of anecdotal evidence and I follow it up and say, ‘give me the car numbers… give me the dates,’ and nobody can, nobody has,”

Railway legislation passes, more squabbling down the track

The Senate has given final approval to legislation to require the freight railways to offer service agreements to their customers, but squabbling over details of the law is expected to continue. To shippers, the law didn’t go far enough while the railways warned it would interfere with normal commercial relationships. Transport Canada will now have