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U.S. cattle placements fall six per cent

Marketings are down two per cent Chicago / Reuters The number of cattle that flowed into feedlots in December fell six per cent, according to the Jan. 20 U.S. government cattle-on-feed data, a decline analysts had expected because of severe drought and high corn prices. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s placement data came in

China Land Grab Disputes Hit New High

HONG KONG / REUTERS / Rural land grab disputes are hitting new highs in China and spreading to the undeveloped west of the country, according to a country-wide survey published in a state-run magazine. Rising discontent over forced demolitions and corruption has increased anxieties among officials determined to defend one-party rule and make the transition

China Unprepared For Increasing Urbanization

Beijing/Reuters More than 100 million rural Chinese people will settle in towns and cities in the next decade, testing provision of welfare and services as a new generation of migrants turn their backs on farming, according to a new government report. The National Population and Family Planning Commission report forecast that by 2020, China s

China Urges Tougher Punishments For Food Safety Crimes

China’s courts have been ordered to increase the severity of punishments for food safety crimes, including capital punishment for cases that lead to fatalities, Xinhua news agency reported. The court’s directive appeared to be the latest move to regain public confidence after a series of food safety scandals, including the most serious recent case in

China Drought Area Shrinks Fast

The wheat acreage affected by a drought in eight Chinese provinces has fallen by two-thirds since Feb. 8 to 2.52 million hectares, the Ministry of Water Resources said in a statement on its website on Monday. That means the drought area has more than halved since last Thursday, when it was 5.71 million hectares, according

Drought Hits Wheat, Water Supply In China

Around 2.2 million people are facing a shortage of drinking water due to a severe drought in parts of central, southern and eastern China, with some cities starting to run low on supplies, state media said Jan. 17. Rainfall is down by between 20 and 90 per cent compared with the same period last year

In Brief… – for Jan. 20, 2011

Vet fined:A Manitoba veterinarian has been fined $10,000 for certifying uninspected cattle for export. Dr. Earl Van Assen pleaded guilty in a Winnipeg court to two counts of contravening the federal Health of Animals Act. Court was told Van Assen submitted certification documents in Feb. 2009 for 42 cows shipped to the United States, stating

China Proposes GMO Legislation

China’s National People’s Congress, or parliament, is proposing legislation on the management of genetically modified (GMO) food, the official Xinhua news agency said in a report seen Dec. 27. The legislation will cover the import and export of GMO food and production, development and research of GMO grains. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection is preparing

In Brief… – for Jul. 15, 2010

Winnipeggers out of cluck: It looks as if there won’t be backyard chickens in Winnipeg after all. Winnipeg City Council’s property committee has decided to take no action on a request to allow city residents to keep a few hens in their backyards for fresh eggs. The committee voted to receive the request as information,

In Brief… – for Mar. 11, 2010

Caught in the act: Thieves were caught March 3 while stealing a flatbed trailer, a tractor and snowblower from Farm Yard Supply in Steinbach. They were using a truck they’d already stolen, Steinbach RCMP say. The pair of suspects were noticed by a local security firm and fled the scene on foot across the field.