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PEDv may have entered U.S. on ‘reusable’ feed bags

Chicago | Reuters — The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) that killed millions of U.S. pigs over the past two years may have entered the country on large bags typically used to transport feed and other bulk products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The report, dated Sept. 24 and released Wednesday, said the agency […] Read More

Speakers at the Farm, Food and Beyond press conference (r to l): Alan Kruszel, OSCIA; Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Sustainable Farm Coalition; John Maaskant, Farm and Food Care Ontario; Robert Cash, the Provision Coalition; Don McCabe, OFA; Scott Graham, Presidents' Council; and Lorne Small, CFFO. (Ralph Pearce photo)

Pearce: Ontario’s EFP program takes next step

Next year it will have been 25 years since Ontario introduced the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) for farms, and leading up to that anniversary, it’s worth noting more than 38,000 farm families have participated. In spite of some growing pains in the late 1990s, the EFP has grown to provide the Ontario agri-food industry with […] Read More

TPP deal near resolution, Japan says

Atlanta | Reuters — Japan’s Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday negotiators were close to reaching a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, citing progress on the remaining issues involving autos, dairy products and intellectual property protections for expensive biologic drugs. Amari, who spoke to reporters before a meeting of the 12 trade ministers represented in […] Read More

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle snap four-day losing streak

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle finished the week on a positive note, fueled by short-covering and bargain hunting that halted future’s four-day skid, traders said. Spot-October settled 1.675 cents higher at 123.075 cents/lb., and December 1.375 cents higher at 131.375 cents (all figures US$). CME live cattle’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) […] Read More

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, shown here in February in Brampton, Ont., said farmers and processors would be "compensated" for losses incurred through any increased market access granted under a TPP deal. (

Canada to pay farmers for any losses under TPP deal, Ritz says

Reuters — Canadian farmers will receive government compensation for any losses resulting from a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the country’s agriculture minister said Wednesday in a discussion about the nation’s protected farm sectors. The U.S., New Zealand and Australia want Canada to start dismantling a system of supply and import controls over dairy, poultry […] Read More

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle hit two-year low on beef, cash prices

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday drifted to a two-year low, with October down the 4.5-cent daily price limit, as wholesale beef values and preliminary cash prices continued to sag, traders said. Spot-October settled at 124.675 cents/lb. (all figures US$). December ended 3.225 cents lower at 130.925 cents. Live […] Read More

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle, feeder cattle slump limit down

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday fell by their three-cent daily price limit as lower-trending wholesale beef values stirred expectations for another round of weaker cash prices later this week, traders said. Spot-October and December closed at 129.175 and 134.150 cents/lb., respectively (all figures US$). Live cattle’s trading limit […] Read More