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Corn futures are slightly higher.
BUSINESS NEWS
Potash giant complains about tax
BUSINESS
First two facilities earn 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification in Ontario
POLITICS
CAFE welcomes the federal budget as positive steps
FOOD
Coalition for Healthy School Food welcomes historic budget
FOOD SAFETY
Another chicken recall
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Quota exchange closure?
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China-U.S. trade talks resume

Canopy Growth buys U.S. grower

March 22, 2019 - Canopy Growth Corp. of Smith Falls is buying AgriNextUSA to expand its marijuana-growing business into the United States.
No financial terms of the deal have been disclosed.
Canopy Growth was one of the first and largest companies into the marijuana-growing business in Ontario, bringing new life to a community that was reeling after the closure of major businesses, including Hershey chocolates and Stanley Tools.

China stops buying canola from Canada

March 22, 2019 - China has stopped buying canola from Canada.
Canadians say they doubt there will be any quick or easy solution to the situation that began earlier this month with a ban on canola handled by Richardson International.
China is a big canola customer, buying $2.7 billion worth in 2017.
While the Chinese complained about contaminants in the Richardson shipments, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said its tests have failed to turn up anything of concern.
Some are speculating that it’s a political tactic to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhu, chief financial officer for Huawei.
She was arrested because the United States exercised an extradition order so they can try her on charges of breaking an embargo on shipments of certain products to Iran.
Canadian courts have yet to decide whether to grant extradition.

 

No charges in Schuurmans death

March 22, 2019 - The RCMP in Saskatchewan said Thursday that no charges will be laid in the death of Bettina Schuurmans, 56, when a truck crashed into their tractor while it was making a cross-Canada tour in support of supply management for dairy farmers.
Henk Schuurmans said he is disappointed because he feels the driver ought to face some consequences.
Schuurmans and two daughters completed the trek by pickup truck last fall. They are dairy farmers near Elmira.
The crash happened July 10 on a four-lane highway between Saskatoon and Langdon.

Ontario expands off-road plate use

March 22, 2019 - Ontario is expanding the use of service plates for boat, snow-mobiles and off-road vehicles. Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation announced changes that will make it easier and more efficient to transport  boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles (ATV) to customers and recreational shows.
Past governments expected dealers to buy a new trailer plate for each boat, snowmobile or ATV that they moved. Now, one service plate can be used for multiple deliveries.
“The availability of this new service plate will permit marinas and boat dealerships across Ontario to legally move boats and trailers while supporting consumers’ needs. Boating Ontario gratefully acknowledges the efforts of Ministry of Transportation staff under the leadership of Minister Yurek in the removal of this red tape as we strive to grow our $4.03 billion Ontario industry,” said Rick Layzell, CEO, Boating Ontario Association.
“The expansion of how service plates can be used removes an unnecessary burden on snowmobiling businesses. This is a measurable move that will open up new customer service opportunities, improve the ability to showcase and exhibit products, and will definitively help grow the $1.7B snowmobile industry in Ontario,” said Ryan Eickmeier, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.

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CFIA charges man with smuggling

March 21, 2019 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has laid charges against Jared Jock of the Akwesasne Reserve in New York State, claiming he was trying to import 57 boxes containing 977 kilograms of frozen chicken.
Jock is to appear in provincial court in Cornwall on March 19.

Roundup loses another court case

March 21, 2019 - Roundup has been found to be a “significant factor” in a cancer patient who has successfully sued Bayer which bought Roundup’s maker, Monsanto, for $63 billion US.
It was the second jury verdict against Roundup, both in California, and prompted Bayer to issue a warning to stockholders that it faces 11,200 lawsuits filed by farmers, landscapers and gardeners.
As in the first case, this one in San Francisco found that Roundup was implicated in a case of non-Hodgins lymphoma.
Bayer’s stock price fell by 12 per cent by mid-week.
Bayer, along with regulators in Canada, the US, and Europe, have stated that Roundup is safe.

Border guards say dog is working well

March 21, 2019 - Canadian Border Service agents say their sniffer dog, Wade, has been working well at Pearson International Airport.
So far this year Wade has sounded alerts about 100 times, resulting in 64 seizures from passengers arriving from China.
The officials confiscated three meat products, including pork, and 62 plant products.
The Canadian Border Services Agency is taking extra care to scrutinize passengers arriving from China, part of increased Canadian vigilance against African Swine Fever.