CFIA confirms Bluetongue found in Ontario Beef Cattle

September 5, 2015

On a conference call yesterday with the Market Access Secretariat, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the CFIA, ACFA learned three beef cattle in southwestern Ontario tested positive for Bluetongue. They are Canada’s first cases of Bluetongue outside the Okanagan Valley and showed no clinical signs. The disease was discovered through regular testing being conducted every six months.

Bluetongue found in Ontario beef cattle

Opinion: A change to supply management won’t kill the family farm. Inertia will

August 14, 2015

Canada has finally placed the future of supply management on the table in TPP trade talks. However, with the election call, what’s at stake is not just the future of supply management, but our nation’s reputation. Our dairy sector deserves a comprehensive vision for its future by our Parliament, regardless of who is in power. Whether dairy farmers realize it or not, many more years of production under supply management will only bring greater uncertainty and grief.

Sylvain Charlebois is a professor at the Food Institute, University of Guelph

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Tension builds between Canada, U.S. over TPP deal

July 19, 2015

“If there are countries that are … not willing to reach an agreement at the Hawaii meeting, we can’t afford to let the TPP go adrift for their sake,” Mr. Amari, Japan’s minister of state for economic and fiscal policy, told a news conference Tuesday, according to Kyodo News.

The Conservative government, which is seeking re-election this fall amid a weakening economy, risks a political backlash if it opens the door significantly wider for foreign dairy and poultry imports. Mr. Fast told The Globe and Mail last week he’s in no hurry to clinch the Pacific Rim trade deal.


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