Tag: Andrew Dickson

TWORA — McDonald’s Beef, Glyphosate Stalemate & #BeGrainSafe — June 9

Glencore is selling off another chunk of its stake in Viterra, while G3 has received approval to build a new grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The stalemate over glyphosate continues in the EU, hog farmers in Western Canada are concerned about a new outbreak of PED virus, and RealAgriculture is helping raise funds… Read more »

PEDv Cases Popping Up in Manitoba, Raising Suspicions About CFIA’s Truck Wash Policy

After going nearly 500 days without any new cases, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has been found on three Manitoba hog farms in a span of 10 days. On Saturday, the province’s chief veterinary officer confirmed the third case in a sow barn in the southeast region of the province. It follows positive PEDv samples from… Read more »

CFIA’s Backwards Truck Policy Puts Western Canadian Pigs at Risk

It’s backwards. Illogical. The federal government’s move to enforce an outdated rule that increases the risk of PED virus infecting Western Canadian pig farms doesn’t make sense. While hog operations across the U.S. and Eastern Canada have been devastated by PEDv over the last few years, Western Canadian hog farms have managed to stay mostly… Read more »

Manitoba Government to Allow New Hog Barns Under Strict Rules

It won’t be a repeat of hog barn boom of the 1990s, but with growing concern about not having enough pigs to supply the province’s two major hog processing plants, the Manitoba government has agreed to allow new barns to be built in the province once again. The NDP government implemented a moratorium on hog barn construction… Read more »

COOL on “Life Support,” as Canadian Delegation Returns From Washington

There are signs the long-running dispute over U.S. mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) rules for meat is moving closer to resolution, as a Canadian delegation led by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz visited Washington, DC. this week. “COOL is on life support,” Ritz told reporters on a conference call on Thursday afternoon. In what was the… Read more »