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U.S., European trade negotiators battle political headwinds

New York | Reuters — Facing deeply entrenched differences and political headwinds, the top negotiators trying to reach a sweeping U.S.-European free trade deal avoided agriculture, public procurement and other thorny issues in talks this week. Instead, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and European Commission lead negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercera said on Friday they […] Read more

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Poultry at risk for avian flu during migration

Cases of avian flu in commercial poultry in the U.S. and Mexico earlier this year are believed to have come from wild birds, which are now migrating north for the season, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned Friday. Avian influenza spreads when wild birds come into contact with commercial/small flocks, the agency said, urging producers […] Read more

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West’s hog farmers urged to insist trailers cleaned in Canada

Hog industry officials in Western Canada want hog producers to insist that livestock trailers coming to their farms be washed at certified Canadian cleaning facilities — even if the trailers were just cleaned on the U.S. side of the border. The recommendation comes as a federally-approved trailer-wash pilot project, credited with helping to keep porcine epidemic diarrhea […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle close lower, but off lows

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled lower on Wednesday after sluggish wholesale beef demand renewed expectations for weak cash prices by Friday, traders said. Short-covering and bargain hunting freed contracts from session lows, they said. April live cattle, which will expire on Friday, closed 0.8 cent/lb. higher at 126 cents, […] Read more

U.S. animal handling expert Dr. Temple Grandin speaks with Earls meat buyer Dave Bursey at the company's Vancouver Test Kitchen. (

Earls ups ante on beef sourcing

Vancouver-based Earls Restaurants, owner of the upscale-casual dining chain Earls Kitchen + Bar, has gone all in on Certified Humane Beef — but has also gone outside Canada to get it. The company, which operates 59 Earls restaurants in Canada and seven in the U.S., on Tuesday billed itself as the first North American chain […] Read more