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NAMI: Petition to Remove Processed Meats from School Lunches
Oct 30 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) responded to the pro-vegan animal rights Physicians committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) seizing the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) report as another tool to force meat off the plates of schoolchildren.

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    WHO Now Says Meat Has Nutrition Benefits, Consume in Moderation
    Oct 30 - Considering the media uproar following the IARC report on red and processed meats, the WHO has offered an important follow up and clarification on its recommendations regarding meat consumption.

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    JBS to Seek $1.2 Billion Financing
    Oct 30 - JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, announced this week they have received permission from the company's Board of Directors to seek $1.2 billion in a credit facility for its U.S. unit which has been confirmed by recent securities filing.

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    Bacon Popularity Drives Demand
    Oct 28 - Over the last 5 months the wholesale price of chicken in the U.S. dropped by about 30 percent while the wholesale price of beef has fallen by about 20 percent but wholesale pork prices have remained relatively stable. Because of Bacon!

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    IARC and the Carcinogenic Scare
    Oct 28 - Naturally responses throughout the global meat industry have sprang up, defending the nutritional value of meat and the repercussions of over reacting to the IARC's statement. CMB's Cam Patterson just had to contribute his two cents.

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    McDonald's Canada to Remove Antibiotics from Chicken Products
    Oct 27 - McDonald's Canada announced their plan to phase out the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine over the next three years.

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    TPP: Angus Reid Institute Reports on Canadian Survey
    Oct 23 - The recent Angus Reid Institute (ARI) poll on the TPP shows higher support than opposition to the deal but uncertainty and lack of knowledge still leave most Canadians undecided about the impacts it might have.

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    Subway Shifting U.S. Meat Supplies to No-Antibiotics
    Oct 22 - By 2016 SubWay has made the announcement they will serve only antibiotic free chicken and turkey. What about the other meats in their menu? Read on!

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    Keith Young: Still Working After all These Years
    Oct 21 - Keith Young has just about done everything one could possibly do in the meat processing industry. He's worked in plants, run plants, built plants and then, in the 1980s, decided to operate his own company, servicing the industry. Now turning eighty he shows no signs of slowing down.

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    European Beef Producers Resume Exports to Canada
    Oct 20 - The European Commission welcomed the decision by the Canadian government to re-open Canada's market for imports of European beef from 19 EU Member States.

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    Canadian Restaurants Doubt TPP Will Answer Quest for Antibiotic-Free Chicken
    Oct 8 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal announced Monday will open an additional 2.1 per cent of the Canadian chicken market to imports in addition to the 7.5 per cent existing threshold. But Restaurants Canada is skeptical the deal will do anything to satisfy the demand for antibiotic-free chicken.

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    Restaurants Canada: TPP Deal Creates Unlevel Playing Field
    Oct 6 - Restaurants Canada has congratulated the Ottawa on successfully negotiating the TPP but stated the deal gives an unfair advantage to its competitors in the food manufacturing sector, through preferential access to dairy products at world market prices.

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    NAMI Applauds Conclusion of TPP Negotiations
    Oct 6 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has come out strongly in support of the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement reached in Atlanta, Georgia.

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    Canada Delivers New Programs for Supply Management Sector
    Oct 5 - The Government of Canada announced a series of new programs and initiatives for supply-managed producers and processors to support them throughout the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Canada-EU Trade Agreement.

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    CCA: What Does the TPP Really Mean for the Beef Industry
    Oct 2 - Canadian Meat Business sat down with the Canadian Cattlemen Association's John Masswohl and talked about what the Canadian beef industry needs to gain from the TPP deal.

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    We Believe We Are on Track Toward a Deal
    Oct 1 - "What I can say is that Canada is prepared to negotiate, to stay here until we have a deal," Ed Fast, Canada's Minister for International Trade, said when asked how eager enough Canada is to complete the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

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    Canada to Pay Farmers for TPP Losses?
    Oct 1 - Canadian farmers will receive government compensation for any losses resulting from a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal according to comments made by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

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    Fighting False Information about Supply Management
    Oct 1 - As the pressure mounts to conclude the TPP negotiations in Atlanta this week, Canada's dairy, poultry and egg farmers are hearing an increasing amount of rhetoric and misinformation regarding supply management in the media. Read what the myths are!

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    duBreton To Raise 300,000 More Crate-Free Pigs by 2018
    Sept 29 - Quebec-based pork producer, duBreton, the #1 producer of Organic and Certified Humane Raised and Handled pork, recently announced that it will raise 300,000 more crate-free pigs by 2018.

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations: Abstention by Canada Is Not A Viable Option
    Sept 29 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations have reached a climax and abstention by Canada is not a viable option for the export-dependent agriculture and agri-food sector of this country.

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    TPP Trade Negotiations Resume Today in Atlanta
    Sept 28 - Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the much talked about free-trade proposal involving Canada and 11 other nations is continuing today in Atlanta, Georgia.

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    TPP Negotiators Move Closer to Deal
    Sept 24 - Trade Minister Ed Fast is heading for Atlanta for another round of TPP negotiations. But it's not beef and pork that could stall the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership, but the auto industry.

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    U.S Cattle Futures slide to Two-Year Low
    Sept 23 - Chicago Mercantile Exchange reported live U.S. cattle futures nearly dropped to their lowest level since December 2013. Read why!

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    Canada Beef celebrates successes at Annual Forum
    Sept 23 - The Canada Beef Annual Forum was held September 17-18 in Calgary and was well attended by over 150 industry partners and stakeholders.

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    NAMI Signs Cooperative Agreement with China
    Sept 22 - NAMI and The China Society of Inspection and Quarantine have signed a landmark agreement to better collaborate on inspection and quarantine verification, food safety cooperation and communication, and regulatory and scientific developments.

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    JBS to Expand Processed Foods Division with an Eye on Europe
    Sept 21 - Since JBS's landmark acquisition of Cargill's pork stocks this past July, the processing giant is now turning attention to Europe.

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    Federal Candidates Need to Understand the Challenges Facing Today's Hog Industry
    Sept 18 - Seven thousand hog farms and over $13 billion is more than enough reason for CPC Chair Rick Bergmann to drive home the simple fact the election candidates must pay closer attention to the challenges facing Canada's pork industry.

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    COOL Update from Geneva: Canada Presents their Case
    Sept 17 - Canada has presented a compelling argument at the final WTO arbitration hearing in Geneva. Was it compelling enough? CPC Chair Rick Bergmann seems to think so.

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    Restaurant Industry Marks 25 Years Growth in 2016
    Sept 17 - President and CEO of Restaurants Canada, Donna Dooher, is loud and proud about the industry's continued growth for the last 25 years.

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    COOL Update from Geneva: CCA is There
    Sept 15 - The final and definitive WTO arbitration panel hearing to grant Canada and Mexico permission to impose tariffs against the U.S. over Country of Origin (COOL) labelling commences today in Geneva. And the CCA is there.

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    McDonald's to Use Only Cage-free Eggs by 2025
    Sept 11 - McDonalds has committed to Cage Free egg production by 2025 in response to the intense lobbying for change by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and celebrities like Ryan Gosslin.

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    CPC Releases 2015 Election Priorities
    Sept 10 -While election fervor is ramping up the CPC is calling on the candidates to stand up for Canadian hogs.

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    COOL Frustrations
    Sept 8 - The trade dispute between Canada and the U.S. over American country of origin labelling requirements (COOL) is entering its eighth year. It presents a history of delay, frustration and prevarication that, sad to say, tarnishes the utility of the WTO dispute settlement system.

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    Banff Pork Seminar Appoints New Coordinator
    Sept 8 - The Banff Pork Seminar has appointed Ashley Steeple as new coordinator.

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    >CMC Sounds the Worker Shortage Alarm Again
    Sept 4 - CMC is taking to the online airwaves and media to sound the worker shortage alarm again. But what is the solution to a problem that could potentially cost the industry lost trade opportunities.

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    >Improved Pork Demand & Low Canadian Dollar Positive for Canadian Pork Producers
    Sept 3 - Tyler Fulton, the director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services, weighs in on why the future is so bright for Canada's pork producers.

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    >Feed prices go up during drought in the West
    Sept 1 - At a time when oil prices have hit rock bottom and rainfall levels are below average in many parts of the Prairies, feed crop prices are the new boom. In the Calgary area, where rainfall has been close to normal, there are patches of green that can be turned into pure gold.

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    >Mentorship Program Announces Second Year of Partnerships
    Aug 31 - The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has announced its second group of Beef Researcher Mentorship Program participants for 2015.

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    Ontario Beef Brand Expands to UAE
    Aug 31 - In February this year, Canada Corn Fed Beef, as the brand is known internationally, was introduced in Dubai at the world’s biggest annual food and hospitality show, Gulfood.

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    Aug 28 - Japan announced today they have partiality lifted their poultry ban against Canada and the States, originally imposed during the Avian flu scares earlier this year.

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    Canada Beef's Global Brand Strategy Sets Sights on Consumers
    Aug 28 - Canada Beef has a three year plan to globally bolster our brand with a series of strategic marketing videos and online materials outlining the organization's primary goals and objections.

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    Aug 26 - The question remains paramount on the industry's radar that the mandatory country of origin labelling (mCOOL) will be addressed in Geneva in time to avoid retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.

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    Loss of Capacity Creating Demand Uncertainty for Ontario Hogs
    Aug 25 -The uncertainty in demand is hurting confidence in the industry, suggests Guelph-based livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier.

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    Lack of Workers Limits Opportunity to Take Advantage of Free Trade Agreements
    Aug 25 - Ron Davidson, the director of international trade, government and media relations with the Canadian Meat Council, warns staffing of the processing plants will be absolutely critical to our industry's future.

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    PRIME Act Would Steer U.S. Meat Processing in the Right Direction
    Aug 24 - The new Prime Act now before the House could wrestle control over intrastate meat slaughter from the USDA and dramatically re-shape the way many animals are slaughtered for food in the United States.

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    Ten Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates
    Aug 21 - Party leaders are hitting the election podiums across the country and agriculture is not the hot topic. So what would ten questions be that farming industry should be asking to get the conversation going when they campaign near you?

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    CFA Says Your food & Your Farmer Should Be A Part of Party Platforms
    Aug 20 - The CFA will also be hosting a televised all-party National Agriculture Debate in the weeks leading up to the election and urges all parties to show Canadians the importance they place on investing in Canada's food and farm future.

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    CPC Leads the Charge to Educate Election Candidates on the Importance of Pork
    Aug 19 - Canadian Pork Council chair Rick Bergmann says it's important to ensure that all political party candidates are made aware of the priority areas that need to be addressed to strengthen the pork industry and build for the future.

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    Winners and Losers and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    Aug 19 - As with any trade agreement, we know there will be winners and losers. The losers would be the industrial base of the most advanced nations among the signatories. The winners would be those nations with a large agricultural base.

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    Extreme Weather Vexes Alberta Farmers
    Aug 17 - Alberta crops and livestock producers have taken a beating this year with extreme weather from drought to storms. So where does that leave the farmers and what is government doing to help?

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    Q&A with CCA Past President Martin Unrau
    Aug 12 -Martin Unrau took time to speak with us about COOL and the TPP prior to the Annual Canadian Cattlemen's Association general meeting this week.

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    Douglas Lake Ranch: Canada's Oldest Working Ranch
    Aug 12 - We talked with Douglas Lake Cattle Company assistant manager, Phil Braig, about the ranch steeped in the traditions that built it while having a firm grasp of the future and our changing industry.

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    WTO Sets COOL Arbitration Hearing
    Aug 11 - The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) filed a legal brief disputing the level of retaliation sought by Canada and Mexico, calling it a dramatic overestimation of damages. The U.S. requested that the WTO Arbitrator reject the amounts proposed by Canada and Mexico, and instead set the totals at no more than $43.22 million and $47.55 million, respectively.

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    IAFP 2015 Record Breaking Success
    Aug 10 - The annual IAFP meeting has come to be recognized as a leading food safety conference, but this year's attendance broke records and set the bar higher than expected.

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    Ontario Pork & Loblaws Highlight Pork
    Aug 10 - Ontario Pork and Loblaws join forces on labelling initiative launched in over 200 stores in the province.

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    China to Increase Pork Imports as Prices Soar
    Aug 7 - Rabobank is forecasting a 54 per cent increase in pork imports to China this year to 2 million tonnes, mainly benefiting European Union countries.

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    Wildfires & Your Livestock: Are You Prepared?
    Aug 5 - In the July/August issue of Canadian Meat Business Magazine, we take a look at farm fire prepardness amidst the highest ratio of wildfires in recent years raging across Western Canada.

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    CCA: TPP Negotiations to be Continued
    Aug 4 - The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) was encouraged by the significant progress made in Hawaii during last week's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meetings, but stated before a deal can be made some complex negotiations will be required to conclude the trade deal.

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    $25 Million Centre of Excellence in Saskatchewan
    Aug 4 - Plans and funding for a $25 million "Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence" were recently announced at the University of Saskatchewan.

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    Farmers Fight False Information about Supply Management
    July 30 - For months, Canadian chicken farmers have endured a concerted attack on the system that brings Canadians the dairy, poultry and egg products they trust. In this article, they set the record straight.

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    NAMI: Senate Offers Competing Solutions for COOL
    July 28 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has reported Senators Debbie Stabenow, Democratic Senator from Michigan and John Hoeven, Republican Senator from North Dakota, introduced the Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015 last week.

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    Complete Repeal of COOL Simplest Resolution to Trade Dispute
    July 28 - The past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association says a complete repeal of U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling would be the simplest way to resolve the trade dispute.

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    Canada Re-Establishes Market Access for Beef to Ukraine
    July 23 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast, announced that the Government of Canada has opened the Ukrainian market for beef and ready-to-eat meat.

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    Harper Government Invests in Animal Health
    July 23 - John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced an investment of over $268,000 to Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC).

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    Western Cattlemen Look for Drought Help
    July 22 - Saskatchewan cattle producers are the latest group to call for government help to deal with a drought that has withered crops in parts of the Prairies.

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    CCA Headed to TPP Negotiations
    July 21 - Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) officials will be heading to Hawaii for the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and for what could prove to be the most intensive meeting so far between the Trade Ministers of the 12 countries.

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    Maple Leaf Foods Appoints New Vice President of Animal Care
    July 20 - Maple Leaf Foods has announced the appointment of Dr. Greg Douglas as Vice President of Animal Care who joins the company after serving more than 10 years in public service, most recently as Chief Veterinarian for Ontario.

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    Agriculture Ministers Collaborate on Sector Challenges and Opportunities
    July 17 - Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) agriculture Ministers wrapped up their annual meeting today with commitments to ongoing coordinated activity to boost the competitiveness of a sector that generates over $100 billion to Canada's economy, representing close to seven percent of GDP and one in eight jobs.

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    NAMI Promotes Anne Halal
    July 17 - North American Meat Institute (NAMI) President and CEO Barry Carpenter announced the promotion of Anne Halal from vice president to senior vice president of exposition, education and member services.

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    Muscolo Meat Academy: Certifying a Pure and Honest Trade
    July 15 - Want to put the art back in your butchery? Then sign up for the Muscolo Meat Academy and get yourself certified, qualified, skilled and dedicated.

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    Ag Community Meets to Develop 21st Century Research Policy
    July 15 - The Agricultural Institute of Canada's (AIC) National Policy Conference came to a close this week as Canada's top agricultural researchers and experts from a variety of sectors have identified clear directions for the future of agricultural research in Canada.

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    Pork Producers to Study Forward Pricing Programs
    July 10 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has welcomed today's announcement by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada of funding for the Council's project titled Pork Industry Hedging Program Analysis under the AgriRisk Initiatives - R&D stream.

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    It's Time to Put COOL in the Deep Freeze
    July 8 - We all in the Canadian meat industry know the ruling that came down from the House of Representatives on the new "Repeal COOL" bill H.R. 2393, but now we're all holding our breath while the Senate prepares their vote, and political analysts will tell you that the outcome of the Senate vote will influence President Obama signing off and doing away with COOL once and for all. Could it be that easy?

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    Alberta Beef Prices Hit New High as Dry Conditions Persist
    July 7 - Don't expect to be paying less for your burgers and steaks any time soon, according to industry experts who cite record-high slaughter prices along with ongoing climate and other challenges faced by ranchers.

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    Government Funds Food Safety Training
    July 6 - The federal government recently announced $850,000 in funding for Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership.

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    Welcome to The Cattle Trail
    July 3 - So if you're planning your Calgary Stampede itinerary you should include a visit to the Cattle Trail interactive live animal display between the rodeo events and the concert stages this year.

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    JBS USA Pork Agrees To Purchase Cargill Pork Business
    July 2 - JBS USA Pork has entered into an agreement with Cargill to acquire the company's U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion USD.

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    ACSI Report on Customer Satisfaction
    June 30 - ACSI has released its findings of customer satisfaction with fast food outlets is down to their lowest point since 2010.

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    Study Says Beef Market Worth $2,151 Billion By 2020
    June 29 - The global beef market is expected to reach 2,151 billion USD by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc.

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    Governments to Fund New Management Practices
    June 29 - The Canada and Manitoba governments will fund two new beneficial management practices (BMPs) as announced by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn.

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    NAMI Applauds Congressional Passage of TPA
    June 25 - NAMI applauded the U.S. Senate for their quick action to approve the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill.

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    Russia Extends Western Food Ban for Another Year
    June 25 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year, saying this action would ensure his country's security.

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    HFAC Certifies L.P. Farm Fresh Chicken in Canada
    June 25 - Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) has announced that L.P. Farm Fresh Chicken is the newest farm to join the Certified Humane Raised and Handled(R) program.

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    U.S. Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on COOL
    June 23 - The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will hold a hearing this Thursday, June 25th to discuss country of origin labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation.

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    Applications Now Open for 2016 BIISA Award
    June 23 - The Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award (BIISA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 award.

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    ProMoting "Meat's for Dinner" in Canada
    June 22 - Canadian Meat Business's Scott Taylor has a few thoughts on how the Canadian Beef Industry can regain our once ad campaign glory.

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    U.S. Challenges Canadian Math in Looming Trade War
    June 19 - The United States is challenging the math that's led the Canadian government to demand $3 billion in punitive tariffs on American products in a potential trade war.

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    Statement from Ministers Ritz and Fast on U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (COOL)
    June 17 - Gerry Ritz and Ed Fast issued a statement in response to the U.S. decision to seek arbitration over the amount of damages caused by COOL.

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    Canadian Ag Hall of Fame Announces Five Inductees for 2015
    June 16 - Five accomplished Canadians will join the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame (CAHFA) in 2015.

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    B.C. Now Free of Avian Flu
    June 15 - Canada has notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that as of June 3, 2015, British Columbia is considered free of notifiable avian influenza.

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    Upper Canada Heritage Meat: The Road to Farming Rewards
    June 15 - When Barbara Schaefer decided to try her hand at free range hog farming, she had no way to know the journey would be quite so hard. But she will tell you no matter how hard it had gotten at times, the rewards far outweigh the down side.

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    Federal Government to join Canadian Beef Festival in Shanghai
    June 12 - Canada Beef is pleased to announce the participation of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Andrea Lyon at the Canadian Beef Festival and consumer culinary event in Shanghai on June 13, 2015.

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    Canadian Government Invests In Canadian Sheep Industry
    June 12 - Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, Harold Albrecht on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced an investment of $348,090 which will enable the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) to combine sheep and lamb production assurance systems under the nationally recognized Food Safe Farm Practices (FSFP) Program.

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    House Bill Only First Step in Tossing out COOL
    June 11 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 300 to 131 in favor to repeal Country of Origin labeling. As good as that feels for Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz and his coalition, this is only round one as now the vote goes to Senate and it's no secret the issue is divided on that floor.

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    Canada Dodges a Bullet - Is the U.S. Poultry Flock Mortally Wounded?
    June 10 - You could say Canada has dodged a bird flu bullet but the American poultry flock has been hit hard with millions of birds culled with only a hoped-for seasonal end to the outbreak standing between bankruptcy and survival for many large farms in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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    NAMI President & CEO Underscores Need for COOL Repeal
    June 8 -- "If the costs imposed by a cumbersome, anti-trade, mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) law weren't clear enough before, they ought to be now as Canada announced it would be seeking approximately $3 billion per year in retaliatory duties against the U.S.," NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter stated in a press release.

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    Fear of Drought in Alberta Means Cattle Can't Graze
    June 8 - Dry conditions have worsened in pockets of Canada's cattle country with some areas receiving less than 40 percent of normal rainfall leaving livestock producers are concerned, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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    The (COOL) Repeal Gains Traction in Washington
    June 5, 2015 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has wrapped up a series of key meetings with U.S.representatives and industry groups in Washington, D.C., where he was joined by the usual representatives from Canada's cattle and hog sectors as well as teaming up with Mexico.

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    Canadian Cattle Inventories Decline, U.S. Herds Expanding
    June 4 - Canfax reported that while U.S. herd expansion is underway, the Canadian beef cattle herd remains in the consolidation phase and needs to be closely watched in 2015.

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    Ritz takes Repeal of Country of Origin Labelling to Washington
    June 3 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is leading a mission to Washington, D.C.this week where he will reassert Canada's position that the United States (U.S.) must repeal its protectionist Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

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    Where's the Meat - Seriously?
    June 3 - The May/June issue of Canadian Meat Business is all about Promoting our Meat and how we've lost our savvy for effective marketing campaigns. Read our thoughts on why!

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    NAMI Reaffirms Commitment to Combating Antibiotic Resistance
    June 2 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and its Foundation is joining together with more than 150 major food companies, retailers, and human and animal health stakeholders at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship in an effort to implement changes over the next five years.

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    American Farm Bureau Switches Stance on COOL
    June 1 - The threat of retaliation from Canada and Mexico is forcing American lawmakers and farm groups to weigh whether it's worth maintaining the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat.

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    Grier: High Beef Prices to Stay for Years to Come
    June 1 - Whether you like it rare, medium or well done, chances are buying beef could leave you feeling raw for years to come. Read why!

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    National Focus Group for Industrial Butchers and Related Occupations
    May 28 - The Food Processing Human Resource Council (FPHRC) in partnership with the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) is documenting the skills of industrial butcher/slaughterer and related occupations at a special focus group from June 3rd to 6th in Ottawa.

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    Pork Producers sought for University of Guelph Study
    May 27 - You farm pigs? Then you're invited to take part in a University of Guelph research project to study the experiences of pig producers.

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    The Peterson Farm Bros. sing Takin' Care of Livestock!
    May 27 - The Peterson Farm Bros. might be American but their latest effort gives a decisive nod to their northern neighbours with this Bachman Turner Overdrive parody, "Takin' Care of Livestock."

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    Canada Needs to Be Part of Trans-Pacific Partnership
    May 26 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has released a report outlining the impact a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have on Canada's pork industry.

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    Industry Leaders Establish Canadian Cattlemen's Foundation
    May 26 - Canadian beef industry leaders have established the Canadian Cattlemen's Foundation (Foundation), a registered charity, to support the sustainable advancement and legacy of the Canadian beef industry.

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    Wal-Mart Issues Guidelines to Suppliers on Animal Treatments
    May 25 - A media report in the U.S. says Wal-Mart, North America's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.

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    How Will Washington React to the WTO's Final Word on COOL?
    May 21 - The final ruling from the World Trade Organization against U.S. mandatory country of origin labeling and the threat of impending retaliation has intensified the pressure to resolve the trade dispute with Canada and Mexico, but it's still not clear how or when a resolution will be reached.

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    Harper Government Invests to Support Safe Transportation of Livestock and Poultry
    May 21 - Ottawa announced an investment of $183,929 to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) to help ensure that livestock and poultry are transported in a safe and humane manner by certified transporters.

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    Ministers and Industry Partners Stand Together on COOL
    May 19 - In Ottawa today, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast, stood alongside Canadian cattle and hog producers in Ottawa, reaffirming Canada's longstanding position that the U.S. must repeal its protectionist and harmful COOL policy or face retaliatory measures.

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    NAMI Welcomes WTO Ruling That COOL Violates U.S. Trade Obligations
    May 19 - North American Meat Institute (NAMI) President and CEO Barry Carpenter has released the following statement on the World Trade Organization's (WTO) ruling on mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).

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    Canadian Pork Industry Welcomes WTO Judgment on COOL
    May 19 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) welcomes the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body Panel's judgment that the May 23, 2013, revisions to the United States - Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) rules have increased discrimination against Canadian livestock exports.

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    CPC Convenes Successful Spring Meeting
    May 14 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) held a successful spring meeting in Ottawa recently to update members on its key initiatives. Producers from across Canada met for a full day of sessions to help shape the future of the industry and address the many challenges and opportunities for the next year.

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    Loan Guarantee Program Addresses Higher Livestock Prices
    May 13 - Borrowing limits under the Manitoba Livestock Associations Loan Guarantee (MLALG) program have increased to ensure producers can access credit with favourable terms, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minster Ron Kostyshyn announced this week.

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    CCA Urges Canada to Join 12 Country TPP Deal
    May 12 - After attending a meeting of the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) on the margins of the Beef Australia Exposition last week in Rockhampton, Australia, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) reconfirmed its view that Canada must intensify negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to ensure that it is a part of a 12-country deal.

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    Canadian Western Agribition Signs MOU with Beef Australia
    May 12 - Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Beef Australia in a ceremony held May 6th in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

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    Beef: Consumer Demand
    May 12 - Canfax Research Services is reporting that beef supplies are tight, across North America and globally, and are supporting beef prices at record high levels.

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    Minister Ritz Attends G20 Ministerial Agricultural Meeting and Concludes Successful Mission to Turkey
    May 11 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has successfully concluded his second agricultural mission to Turkey where he participated in the G20 Ministerial Agricultural Meeting.

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    CFIA: Food Safety Webinars
    May 11 - As part of its ongoing current food safety consultations with small businesses, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is hosting a number of webinar and face-to-face discussion sessions across Canada.

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    TPP: The Time Is Now
    May 7 - For Canada's agricultural and food exporters, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the biggest game in town. And after five years of negotiations, a deal is finally in sight.

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    Be Prepared for Higher Meat Prices this BBQ Season
    May 7 - Consumers should expect a shock at the meat counter this year when they pick up meat for the BBQ.

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    Troy Media Special Report:
    Is the TPP a good deal for Canada?

    May 6 - Is the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) a bulwark of freedom as proponents claim or is Canada about to be shoehorned into another free trade deal that will continue the hollowing out of our economy?

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    USDA Report Shows Little Economic Benefit to COOL
    May 5 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has announced that a new USDA report finds some evidence of consumer interest, but negligible economic benefit, to mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

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    Angus Reid: Canadians Uncertain over TPP
    May 4 - The Angus Reid Institute recently published survey results indicating Canadians appear to be increasingly bullish about building closer ties with trading partners in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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    Ritz Announces New Appointments
    May 4 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today the appointments of two key figures on the Canadian agricultural scene.

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    N.L.'s HST Increase will Hurt Jobs and Growth in Restaurant Industry
    May 1 - Restaurants Canada is reporting that Newfoundland and Labrador's recent HST increase to 15 per cent - the highest sales tax in the country - will unfairly penalize the province's job-rich restaurant industry.

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    Applications Open for Beef Researcher Mentorship Program
    May 1 - The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 term of their Beef Researcher Mentorship Program. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015.

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    Why is Bacon Still Expensive?
    April 30 - Remember last year, when hog prices spiked and concerns about high bacon prices hit headlines in the mainstream news?

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    Maple Leaf Foods Reports Profit
    April 30 - Maple Leaf Foods reported a profit on an adjusted basis after six quarters due to lower operating costs as the Canadian meat processor worked through its plan to upgrade its plants.

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    IAFP Elects Tim Jackson to Executive Board
    April 29 - Members of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) have elected Dr. Tim Jackson to the Executive Board as Secretary.

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    CCA:Trans-Pacific Partnership Update
    April 28 - The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) recently reported on its participation in the latest official meetings regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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    U.S. Dealing with Major Bird Flu Outbreak
    April 27 - There are currently conflicting reports as to the number of birds that have been culled as a result of the recent avian flu outbreak in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin but it is projected to be in the millions.

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    Ontario Creates Beijing-Based Trade Advisor Position
    April 27 - The province of Ontario is creating a new Beijing-based agri-food trade advisor position with a goal of further expanding Ontario's agri-food sector reach into the Chinese market.

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    Cargill Launches "Together We Thrive" Contest
    April 27 - Cargill is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015 and has launched the Together We Thrive contest for rural and farming communities.

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    NAMI Celebrates 25 Years of Support for "Meating the Need" Partnership
    April 24 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has recommitted to its Meating the Need Partnership with Feeding America as it celebrated the project's 25th anniversary.

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    Foundation to Host Training on Fundamentals of Meat Specifications
    April 24 - The North American Meat Institute Foundation (NAMIF) will offer Center of the Plate (COP) Training at the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center

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    CFIB: Small Business is the Big Winner in Federal Budget
    April 23 - Dan Kelly, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), has proclaimed that small business in Canada is the big winner in the 2015 federal budget.

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    A Few Sweets in Budget for Top Job Creators but Room for More
    April 23 - With more than 30,000 members in its association, Restaurants Canada has stated this week?s federal budget is loaded with treats for everyone, but more could have been done on several key issues facing restaurant operators - the number one job creators in Canada in 2014.

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    Celebrate Beef Industry's Environmental Improvements on Earth Day
    April 22 - Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, began in the 1970's and is often cited as the start of the modern environmental movement. But it isn't just for the hippie children of the 1970's anymore.

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    CFA Highlights Agricultural Considerations in Budget 2015
    April 22 - The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) was pleased to see investments in agricultural trade promotion, a continued commitment to improve labour access and market information, and a reduction in cost of Employment Insurance (EI) premiums for business owners reflected in the Federal Budget.

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    CPC Responds to 2015 Federal Budget
    April 22 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has responded positively to the Federal Budget released by the Minister of Finance, Joe Oliver outlining the government's continued commitment to growing trade and expanding markets which are priorities for the pork industry.

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    Global Brand Strategy Sets Sights on Consumers
    April 21 - Canada Beef has announced the launch of their next strategic road map with a series of videos and online materials highlighting the organization's primary objectives for the next three years.

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    Chicken Farmers of Canada Supports Antimicrobial Initiative
    April 20 - Chicken Farmers of Canada is commending the federal government for taking a leadership role on the issue of antimicrobial resistance and for announcing plans to strengthen antimicrobial stewardship controls.

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    Avian Flu Confirmed on Second Ontario Farm will Result in 27,000 Birds Culled
    April 20 - Preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a second Ontario farm that will result in 27,000 birds to be culled.

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    Initiative to Study Barriers to Womens Advancement in Agriculture
    April 17 - Announced at the Advancing Women in Agriculture event in Calgary earlier this month, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is launching a research project called Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture (SAWA).

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    Messe Frankfurt Announces Meat Expo China 2015
    April 17 - Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. and the Circulation Industry Promotion Center (CIPC), a subsidiary of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, have signed an agreement for Meat Expo China, China's leading trade fair for the meat industry.

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    Egg Farmers of Canada and Heart for Africa to Provide Daily Protein
    April 16 - "It's been four months since our last visit to Swaziland, and I'm looking forward to returning to see what changes have occurred," explains Tim Lambert, CEO of Egg Farmers of Canada and Vice-Chair of the International Egg Commission.

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    Canadian Restaurant Revenues Grow to Nearly $60 Billion in 2015
    April 16 - Canadian consumers continue to spend more and more at chain and branded restaurants, according to GE Capital's annual Canadian Chain Restaurant Industry Review, an extensive research report on the state of chain foodservice in the country.

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    CCA: Health Minister announces AMR Plan
    April 14 - Canada's Minister of Health Rona Ambrose brought the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to the forefront recently with the announcement of an integrated action plan aimed at obtaining a more comprehensive understanding of antimicrobial use, trends and resistance in human and animal medicine.

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    Avian Flu Forces Cancellation of Ontario Poultry Event
    April 14 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that a 10 km radius control zone has been established around the single farm where H5N2 avian influenza was confirmed last week.

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    Report Highlights Sector's Strength
    April 14 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has released its annual Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System.

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    Strong First Quarter for Canadian Cattle
    April 13 - The Western Canadian feeder cattle market kept on rising during the first three months of 2015.

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    Alberta Burger Fest Sneak Peak
    April 13 - ATB Agriculture has announced the Alberta Burger Fest Sneak Peak event where a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to five local charities.

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    New Video Addresses Myths about Foodborne Illness Risks
    April 9 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and American Meat Science Association (AMSA) have released the newest video in the Meat Mythcrusher series.

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    Scramble to Contain Bird Flu Found on Ontario Turkey Farm
    April 8 - Eight poultry farms in southwestern Ontario have been placed under quarantine as agricultural authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of a bird flu virus found on a turkey farm near Woodstock.

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    CMC's 2015 Scholarship Winners awarded at 95th Annual Conference in Ottawa
    April 8 - An important part of the scheduled events at this year's baseball themed conference will be the awarding of scholarships to the winners recognized for their noteworthy educational accomplishments.

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    Two Ontario Turkey Farms Quarantined
    April 7 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced today that H5 avian influenza has been confirmed on a turkey farm in southern Ontario.

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    CFIA Disputes Union Comments on Food Safety
    April 7 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says comments made last week by the union representing Canada's meat inspectors are unnecessarily undermining confidence in the country's food safety system.

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    U.S. Bacon Prices Fall as PEDv Wanes
    April 7 - According to expert analysts, U.S. pork belly prices are likely to fall further into the summer as supplies climb, now that farmers have finally controlled a deadly virus that wiped out millions of pigs.

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    Operations resume at Olymels Valle-Jonction Plant
    April 6 - Olymel announced over the weekend that its hog slaughterhouse and butchering plant in Vallee-Jonction in the Beauce will resume operations following the worker's union ratification of a new six year labour contract.

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    >MLB Fans to Eat More Than 18.5 Million Hot Dogs in 2015
    April 6 - Today is opening day of the 2015 Major League Baseball Season and the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) estimates that baseball fans will consume more than 18.5 million hot dogs and nearly 4.2 million sausages this year.

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    It's Time to Play Ball for the Canadian Meat Industry
    April 1 - The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) will be holding its 95th Annual Conference in Ottawa May 6-8 and this year's theme is baseball and they are encouraging meat companies to step up to the plate and cover all the bases for your organization to strengthen your team.

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    Video Provides Inside Look at How Bacon is Made
    April 1 - It is the meat that has become an American obsession, once eaten solely for breakfast but now found wrapped around other foods, infused into cocktails and even made into personal care products.

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    Cash Advance Program Improves for Cattle Producers
    March 31 - Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) President Dave Solverson was in Saskatoon, SK this week where AAFC Minister Ritz spoke about the recently passed Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act.

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    NAMI Hosts Transatlantic Meat Industry Dialogue
    March 31 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) hosted the first meeting of the U.S. and European Union (EU) meat industries to establish a dialogue on issues related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

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    Kraft sidles up to the Buffett Table
    March 30 - Last week, Warren's Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway added Kraft to its stable of storied brands, which already includes Dairy Queen, Mars, Coca-Cola, Burger King, Heinz and Tim Horton's, but Buffett's latest blockbuster transaction creates the fifth largest agri-food company in the world with more than US$28 billion in sales.

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    COOL is Getting Attention Now
    March 30 - The gloves are about to come off - at least that is how it is looking to the business world in general and to trade dependent industries caught in the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) battle of wits.

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    Listeria Concerns Prompt Lilydale Chicken Recall
    March 28 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that it is recalling one of Lilydale's packaged chicken products due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

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    NAMI Argues For Scientific Evidence as Foundation of Nutrition Policy
    March 24 - A thorough review of the science used by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) indicates that more than 70 percent of its recommendations were not based on the reviews of USDA's Nutritional Evidence Library (NEL).

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    New Video Addresses Myths About Meat Color and Safety
    March 23 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and American Meat Science Association (AMSA) have released the newest video in the Meat Mythcrusher series.

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    Minister Ritz Concludes Mission to South Korea and Looks to Boost Business Opportunities in Japan
    March 23 - Following his second visit to Vietnam earlier this week, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz concluded his fifth agricultural trade mission to South Korea and his seventh trade mission to Japan.

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    A New Video on Beef Producer Antimicrobial Use and Resistance
    March 19 - There's no avoiding the topics of antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) these days. Beef Canada Research Council has a video you should watch.

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    Harper Threatens Retaliation in COOL Meat Labeling Battle
    March 18 - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reiterating that Canada is prepared to retaliate in an ongoing trade war with the United States over country of origin meat-labelling ( COOL) rules.

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    Minister Ritz Promotes Canadian Beef and Creates Agricultural Trade in Vietnam
    March 18 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has concluded his agricultural trade mission to Vietnam, where he promoted world-class, safe Canadian beef and created business opportunities for industry representatives in the delegation.

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    Canadian Restaurant Industry Sees Fifth Year of Growth
    March 18 - The Canadian restaurant industry expanded for the fifth straight year in 2014, growing to $72 billion in annual sales and 1.2 million employees across the country.

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    Ritz joins Canada Beef for Industry Tour as Demand in Asia Rises
    March 17 - Canada Beef is pleased to announce the participation of the Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz in four Canadian Beef Branding Series events in Asia in the coming weeks.

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    Ottawa Invests in Innovation Project to Support Biosecurity
    March 16 - A Manitoba company will receive $825,000 to expand and redevelop its truck-washing facilities to improve biosecurity in the agricultural sector.

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    NAMI Launches Online Petition
    March 13 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has launched Change.org petition to urge the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to inject common sense into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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    Get ready for higher priced Chicken McNuggets
    March 13 - When McDonalds' makes a statement about no antibiotics in their chicken the fast food world listens even when restaurant chains such as Chipotle, Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A and the Canadian-based A&W have made similar statements.

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    Doors Open to Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence
    March 12 - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, joined Canada Beef Chair Jack Hextall and President Rob Meijer to announce the opening of the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence.

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    CFIA Removes Avian Flu Control Zone in BC
    March 12 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has removed the avian influenza Primary Control Zone (PCZ) in British Columbia. Permits are no longer required for the movement of birds and bird products in British Columbia.

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    NAMIF Releases Yellow Pages
    March 12 - The North American Meat Institute Foundation (NAMIF) has released an updated version of its popular Yellow Pages, a meat and poultry resource guide that provides important consumer information and answers to commonly asked questions about the meat supply, preparation and cooking and nutrition.

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    The Power of Meat - Research Shows Consumers Seek Nutrition Benefits
    March 10 - Americans value the nutrition and balance that meat and poultry products deliver in the diet according to the new research recently released by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI).

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    USDA Puts Onus on Congress to Fix COOL
    March 10 - Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and USDA's Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos called on Congress to take the lead in addressing country-of-origin labeling (COOL) to satisfy the World Trade Organization's (WTO) decision.

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    BCRC Expands Beef Industry Search Information
    March 9 - The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has announced it has taken another step toward enhanced knowledge dissemination and technology transfer in the Canadian beef industry.

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    Beef Demand Soaring but Where's the Butcher?
    March 6 - Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore.

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    McDonald's to Source Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics
    March 5 - McDonald's USA has announced new menu sourcing initiatives including only sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.

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    Reducing Consumer Food Waste could save $300 Billion Yearly by 2030
    March 5 - A report released today by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate claims that by reducing consumer food waste, the global economy could save up to $300 billion annually by 2030 as one third of all food produced worldwide ends up being discarded.

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    China Bans Canadian Beef
    March 2 - China has now joined Taiwan, Korea, Peru and Belarus in restricting imports of Canadian beef products because of concern over a case of BSE found in Alberta in February.

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    New NAMI Video Addresses BSE Myth
    March 2 - Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a major concern for beef producers around the world and generates headlines on the rare occasions it is found, but the newest North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Meat MythCrusher video rebuts the claim that it is a common threat to human and animal health.

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    Improvements planned for Canadian Quality Assurance program
    March 2 - The chair of the Canadian Pork Council's Animal Care Technical Group says the incorporation of the newly revised Canadian Pig Code of Practice into the Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA) program will provide the opportunity to make added improvements to the program.

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    Maple Leaf Closes Kitchener Plant
    February 27 - Maple Leaf Foods today announced that it has closed its Courtland Ave. production facility in Kitchener, Ontario, the largest plant in its legacy network.

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    Maple Leaf Foods raises Quarterly Dividend
    February 26 - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (MFI: TSX) announced the Board of Directors has approved an increase in the quarterly cash dividend.

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    Lack of Workers Jeopardizes Viability of Processing Plants and Livestock Sector Profitability
    February 24 - The Canadian Meat Council warns the inability of Canadian meat processing plants to access workers jeopardizes the viability of the plants, the profitability of livestock producers, and existing jobs at those plants.

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    Power of Meat Remains Strong at Retail
    February 24 - Meat and poultry products remain among the top choices for shoppers at retail, but the tenth annual Power of Meat study published by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and North American Meat Institute (NAMI) highlights several trends in the way consumers are changing their purchasing behavior.

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    Taiwan bans Canadian Beef
    February 23 - Taiwan has followed South Korea and banned Canadian Beef as a precautionary measure as a result of the Mad Cow disclosure on an Alberta Farm.

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    U.S. Meat Exports Facing Significant Headwinds
    February 20 - According to a recent report written by Steve Meyer and Len Steiner from The Cattle Site, U.S. meat exports are facing significant headwinds at this time due to the sharp increase in the value of the U.S. dollar, lower prices for competing meats in other countries and the slowdown strike in West Coast ports.

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    Nutrient Dense Lean Meat Is a Headline Not a Footnote
    February 19 - The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) recognition of the role lean meat plays in healthy balanced diets fell short of stating meat and poultry among the most nutrient dense foods available.

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    Canadian Team Defends Pork and Beef Cattle Interests in COOL WTO Appeal
    February 18 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) congratulates the Canadian team defending its interest in the WTO Appellate Body hearing in the U.S. - Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) dispute this week at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

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    Spring Creek Farm: The Journey Back to the Land
    February 18 - Meet Greg Wood and Lisa Clouston who redefined their Spring Creek Farm in Cypress River, Manitoba by Holistic Management and Intentional Grazing practices that took them back to the land and back to the tradition of family.

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    Mad Cow Disease is Back in Canada
    February 17 - Mad cow is back in Canada, and South Korea has now responded by halting all imports of Canadian beef.

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    Modern Ideas about Healthy Food So Much Baloney
    February 17 - Everybody believes that diet influences health, that we are threatened by an epidemic of obesity and diabetes caused by too much junk food, that salt is a silent killer and that eating food produced on farms close to where you live will set you free from the satanic tyranny of food multinationals.

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    Growing Forward 2 Investments Strengthen Canada's Pork Sector
    February 13 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced investments of nearly $2 million to strengthen traceability and biosecurity in Canada's pork industry. Minister Ritz made the announcement at the Canada Pork International Annual Meeting in Toronto.

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    Harper Government Supporting Innovative Food Processing
    February 12 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $3 million through the AgriInnovation Program - the five-year, $698-million initiative under Growing Forward 2, will support a new research cluster led by the Canadian Food Innovators (CFI).

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    New Video Challenges Myth About Water Use in Beef Production
    February 12 - The Newest Video in the Meat Mythcrusher series addresses one of the most commonly seen myths in the media: how much water it takes to produce a pound of beef.February 12 - The Newest Video in the Meat Mythcrusher series addresses one of the most commonly seen myths in the media: how much water it takes to produce a pound of beef.

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    Manitoba Beef Praises Government Investment Focused on Sustainable Beef Production
    February 6 - Governments will invest more than $3.1 million to support applied research and develop information and resources focused on sustainable beef production, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn and MP Larry Maguire announced at the Manitoba Beef Producers AGM in Brandon.

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    Today is Food Freedom Day!
    February 6 - 2015 is the International Year of Soils so Canadians should spread the word on soil for Food Freedom Day. Join in!

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    Ritz Leading Delegation To Washington To Discuss COOL
    February 5 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is leading a delegation to Washington this week to reinforce Canada's position on US Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

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    Producers wanted to fill in Sustainability Survey
    February 3 - The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is conducting a benchmark Sustainability Assessment to help further enhance the beef industry's ability to communicate to consumers domestically and internationally about the environmental and social benefits of Canada's beef industry.

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    NAMI Gives Honors with Environmental Recognition and Achievement Awards
    February 3 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) presented 109 plants with Environmental Recognition and 12 plants with Environmental Achievement awards during its 2015 Environmental Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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    National Beef Strategy Releases New Videos
    February 3 - A new video series highlighting the National Beef Strategy is now available for viewing online. The two part video series gives a good insight into what the beef strategy is all about, and features representatives from the CCA and other Canadian beef organizations.

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    NAMI Holds Inaugural Board of Directors Meeting at 2015 IPPE
    January 30 - The newly merged North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced eight new board officers who will guide the organization in the next year during its first-ever Board of Directors Meeting at the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.

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    IPPE Breaks Record: Estimated 30,000 Registrants and 1,288 Exhibitors
    January 29 - The 2015 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is the largest show on record with an estimated 30,000 poultry, meat and feed industry leader attendees from all over the world.

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    Rick Bergmann new Canadian Pork Council Chair
    January 29 - Rick Bergmann, the new Chair for CPC, will lead the charge for the Canadian pork industry in the upcoming year.

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    New Feedcheck Express offers on-site Rapid Test for Feed Enzymes
    January 27 - The North American livestock feed industry has a new, state-of-the-art option for rapid and reliable on-site testing for in-feed enzymes.

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    Canadian DFATD Issues Notice on Beef and Veal Imports
    January 27 - Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) issued a notice to importers establishing the regulations, policies and guidelines pertaining to the administration of Canada's beef and veal tariff rate quota (TRQ)

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    Markets promising for new-look Canadian Pork Industry
    January 26 - Glass half empty or half full? Prospects bearish or bullish? While major factors on both sides of the equation are battling for influence, there are more reasons for optimism in Canada's pork sector - including both production and processing fronts - than there have been for some time, says leading market analyst Kevin Grier, speaking at the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar.

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    Social Media Changes How Farmers Communicate With Consumers
    January 26 - The CEO of the Center for Food Integrity says the advent of social media has forced those involved in agriculture to change the way they communicate with consumers.

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    Canadian Efforts to Contain PED Highly Successful
    January 23, 2015 - Dr. Doug Mac Dougald, with Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, told those on hand yesterday for the Banff Pork Seminar, efforts to rid Canadian farms of the PEDv infection have been highly effective.

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    Two Winners Share Aherne Prize at Banff Pork Seminar 2015
    January 22 - Two hog innovations were recognized with the F. X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production at the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar in Banff, Alta.

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    Oil and the Dollar Fall
    January 20 - Falling oil prices have certainly been the buzz in commodity markets, and this has also impacted equity markets. Cattle markets have not been immune, as the cattle futures have been under significant pressure this past week, and were trading at their lowest levels since last August.

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    Despite Technology to Produce More, Commitment Remains Unchanged
    January 20 - The Center for Food Integrity says what consumers need to know is that, while technology has evolved to produce more using less, the commitment by farmers to do what's right has never been stronger.

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    NPPC Hopes For Resolution of M-COOL Issue Before Imposition of Retaliatory Tariffs
    January 19 - Jean-Guy Vincent steps down from CPC chair where he joined the national board in 2004 and has held many positions within the CPC over the past decade. Read his farewell note.

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    NPPC Hopes For Resolution of M-COOL Issue Before Imposition of Retaliatory Tariffs
    January 16 - The president of the National Pork Producers Council remains hopeful the U,S. Congress will take action to resolve the Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling issue before Canada and Mexico are granted authority to impose retaliatory tariffs on imported U.S. products.

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    Canada's Orphaned Pork finds a Home in Belarus
    January 15 - More than 400 shipments of Canadian frozen pork left stranded around the globe thanks to Russian sanctions imposed in August have finally found a home - with most of it being imported via Belarus, says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

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    China Bans U.S. Poultry & Eggs Imports
    January 13 - The USDA has reported that China has banned all imports of U.S. poultry, poultry products and eggs amid recent reports of highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza found in the Pacific Northwest.

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    U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba Officially Launches
    January 13 - NAMI joined more than 30 U.S. food and agriculture companies and associations to officially launch the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC).

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    M-COOL Expected to Be Discussed During Trade Advocacy Mission to U.S. Midwest
    January 15 - The general manager of Manitoba Pork suggests pork producers on both sides of the Canada U.S. border will be hurt if Canada is forced to proceed with retaliatory tariffs in response to U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling.

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    Tax Relief for Western Producers
    January 12 - The federal government is giving some livestock producers in Western Canada a bit of tax relief.

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    Avian flu outbreak contained?
    January 9 - B.C. poultry farmers are ready to declare the end of the deadly avian flu outbreak, although they still face a long road to recovery and a constant threat from wild birds.

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    Industry Unites to Develop National Beef Strategy
    January 8 - The growing global demand for protein has presented Canada's beef industry with an unprecedented opportunity to increase demand for its beef products.Read about the new beef strategy.

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    Canadian Meat Council Puts out Urgent Call for Skilled Labour
    January 8 - A shortage of butchers, meat cutters and labourers in Canada is curtailing the prospects of the livestock and meat sector and is restricting the economies of rural municipalities, says the Canadian Meat Council (CMC).

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    Rabobank Report: How to Navigate China's Growing Protein Market
    January 7 - China's demand for foreign animal protein products shows great growth potential. However, the path to success for western animal protein companies in China will remain complex and challenging.

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    CCA on the Lobbying Trail
    January 7 - January is off to a busy start with the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) attending a meeting of State Agriculture and Rural Legislators (SARL) and the American Farm Bureau (AFB) meetings.

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    Canada-Korea FTA Now in Force
    January 6 - 2015 kicked into gear with the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) coming into force. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association announced they were pleased that the CKFTA is in place on time to restore a competitive position for Canadian beef in the Korean market.

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    NAMI says Lean Meat Removed From Healthy Diet Insupportable
    January 5 - The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) in comments submitted yesterday raised strong objections to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) removal of lean meat from a healthy dietary pattern.

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    Pork Producers Commit Levy Funds to increase Swine Health Collaboration
    January 2, 2015 - Canadian pork producers continue to make swine health a priority by committing producer levies to fund a national animal health initiative.

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    James Bezan - The Rancher up on the Hill
    December 31 - You may wonder why a Conservative Member of Parliament for the Selkirk-Interlake riding who has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defense since 2013 is doing in Canadian Meat Business. It's simple. James Bezan has been a cattleman all his life and spoke frankly to CMB writer/editor Cam Patterson about COOL.

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    Time Running Short for U.S. to Fix COOL
    December 29, 2014 - Canada's agriculture minister says time is running short for the U.S. to avoid trade tariffs over its discriminatory meat labelling laws.

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    Realities of Farming in Canada
    December 26 - Contributing writer Mandy D'Autremont delves into why Canadians are further away from agriculture than ever before and why this disconnect has led to a variety of misconceptions about farming in Canada.

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    Maple Leaf Foods provides Update on its Network Transition
    December 22 - Maple Leaf Foods (MFI: TSX) today provided an update on the completion of its network transition, a strategy that began with the Company's primary pork processing operations, and since 2010 has focused on its prepared meats plants and distribution network.

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    Alberta and Manitoba Up the Ante on Poultry Biosecurity
    December 22 - An outbreak of avian influenza in British Columbia has Manitoba and Alberta poultry farmers stepping up their own biosecurity measures.

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    Improvements for Pig Transfer Station Supported by Ontario Program
    December 19 - An Ontario based agriculture business is set to receive up to $387,112 from Ontarios's Rural Economic Development program to create a more biosecure pig transfer station.

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    Restaurants Canada: Open Letter to Ontario Government
    December 18 - Restaurants Canada has sent another letter to the Ontario government in hopes they can persuade them to issue a fair and equable pricing scheme.

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    Canada promotes beef in China
    December 18 - Canadian beef is entering the retail market of China's first tier cities and poised to be available in more regions.

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    Meat and Poultry Execs Join Together to Tell the 'Amazing' Meat Supply Story
    December 17, 2014-Thirty C-Suite level executives from meat and poultry companies big and small have added their voices and faces to a new video highlighting facts about today's amazing meat and poultry industry.

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    Candace Brown: The Heritage Chicken Lady
    December 17 - Candace Brown didn't exactly think she was going to venture into Heritage Chicken Farming when she was searching for farmland south of Winnipeg a couple years ago. Read her story!

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    NAMI Ramping Up For Merger
    December 16 - The date of January 1st is approaching for the official merger of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the North American Meat Association (NAMA) merger into the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

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    Rabobank Poultry Report shows Avian Flu to Shake Up 2015
    December 15, 2014 - Rabobank has issued a new report on the global poultry industry, looking at the impact of avian flu (AI) on the international poultry sector in 2015.

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    Capitol Hill Veteran to Lead Legislative Affairs at North American Meat Institute
    December 12 - Washington, DC, December 12, 2014 - The North American Meat Institute's (NAMI) incoming President and CEO Barry Carpenter announced today that Capitol Hill veteran Pete Thomson has been named senior vice president of legislative affairs at the Institute.

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    Changes to U.S. M-COOL Expected Before Canada and Mexico Retaliate
    December 11 - The president of Paragon Economics expects the U.S. Congress to make changes to Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling before Canada and Mexico impose retaliatory tariffs on imported U.S. products.

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    The Real COOL Update
    December 10 - A U.S consortium comprised of more than 200 groups representing sectors in economics, farming, ranching, consumer groups and manufacturing have sent an open letter to the 2014 Farm bill conference of support in favor of COOL. But we're far from done.

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    U.S. Suspends some Canadian Poultry Imports due to Avian Outbreak
    December 9 - The United States has suspended imports of live and raw poultry from the Canadian province of British Columbia due to the Avian Outbreak, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer told Reuters on Monday.

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    Restaurants Canada joins Leading Associations for Action on Labour Shortages
    December 8 - An open letter to Ministers Jason Kenney and Chris Alexander was released calling for action on the lack of options for employers who are facing acute and systemic shortages of labour in certain regions of the country.

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    American Meat Institute Says "Welcome Back" to Former Vegetarians
    December 8, 2014 - The American Meat Institute (AMI) had two words for vegetarians in the wake of a new study released this week that showed that five out of six Americans who try vegetarian diets return to a balanced, meat-containing diet: "Welcome back."

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    Two more farms in B.C. under quarantine over avian flu fears
    December 5 -- Two more farms in southwestern British Columbia were placed under quarantine Wednesday as officials attempted to contain an outbreak of avian influenza, though it wasn't yet clear whether any birds at the new sites were actually infected.

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    New Project Provides New Information On Loose Sow Housing
    December 5 - Hog producers will benefit from research on switching from gestation stalls to loose sow housing as a result of a pilot project underway at a Maple Leaf Foods barn near Steinbach.

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    CPC Statement on the Implementation of the Canada-South Korea Trade Agreement
    December 4 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has been following with great interest developments in trade negotiations between Canada and South Korea and welcomes news that the Canada- Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) will be implemented on January 1, 2015.

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    The Western Beef Development Centre Winter Field Day 2014 is Coming Up!
    December 3 - The Western Beef Development Centre invites all cow-calf producers to attend its upcoming Winter Field Day on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Termuende Research Ranch near Lanigan, Sask.

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    New Technologies to Improve Competitiveness of Canadian Pork Industry
    December 2 - The CEO of the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement says the adoption of new technologies will help make Canadian pork more competitive while improving the product for consumers.

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    Canada Ranks High in Food Safety
    December 1 - According to the latest global report on food safety, Canada is a top-tiered country in terms of the performance of its risk managers. Read why!

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    Fast and Ritz Disappointed with U.S. Appeal on COOL
    November 28 - Ministers Ed Fast and Gerry Ritz issued a firm statement on the decision by the U.S. to appeal the WTO decision over COOL.

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    Restaurateur and chef Donna Dooher named interim CEO of Restaurants Canada
    November 27, 2014 - Celebrated chef and restaurateur Donna Dooher is the new Interim President and CEO at Restaurants Canada, the largest business association in the country for foodservice owners and operators.

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    Pork Industry Urged to Express Concern over Changes to TFWP
    November 25 - The vice president of Sunterra Foods is calling on stakeholders within Canada's pork industry to voice their concerns over changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

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    Grocery Stores Caught Cheating on Packaging Dates of Meat and Poultry
    November 27 - If you trust the packaging date listed on the meat or poultry you buy at the grocery store, you could be fooled.

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    Five Reasons to Attend Banff Pork Seminar 2015
    November 25 - When several hundred swine industry players gather for the Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) January 20 to 22, 2015, they will carry on a tradition that spans 44 years.

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    CMC Hopeful for Implementation of Canada-South Korea FTA by January 1
    November 24 - The Canadian Meat Council remains hopeful Canada's free trade agreement with South Korea will be ratified in both countries in time to take effect January 1, 2015

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    Calorie-Posting for Restaurants not as Simple as it Appears
    November 24 - The plan announced today by the Ontario government to require calorie posting in restaurants will require complex regulations that will take time and industry collaboration to be successful.

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    Chicken Farmers Sign New Agreement
    November 21 - Chicken Farmers of Canada have announced the signing of a new allocation agreement that will see 55% of future growth allocated based on provincial comparative advantage factors.

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    Restaurants Canada talks Jobs and Economy with Prime Minister
    November 21, 2014 - Restaurateurs from Charlottetown and Calgary sat down with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month to talk about important issues that affect the foodservice industry.

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    Beef Plant Tour Announced for 2015 IPPE
    November 20 - The American Meat Institute has announced it will sponsor a beef plant tour at the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE).

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    Canadian Exporters Want Russian Embargo Lifted
    November 19 - Pork producers in Canada are ready to supply Russia with meat as soon as Moscow decides to lift its food embargo says Guy Beaudry, Vice-President of HyLife Canada's biggest pork supplier.

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    NSF International Awarded SQF 2014 Certification Body of the Year
    November 18 - Global public health organization and leading food safety service provider NSF International was awarded SQF Certification Body of the Year by The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) at the Quality Achievement Awards Ceremony during the SQF Conference in October.

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    Government Supports New Ag Professorship
    November 17 - Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, has announced an investment of $500,000 towards the Guy Carpenter Professorship in Agriculture Risk Management and Insurance in the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.

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    Alberta Sheep Sector Attracting Attention
    November 17 - Members of the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) along with experts from England, Alberta and Ontario are all converging on Calgary this week in order to share cutting-edge practices to further bolster the Alberta sheep industry's sustainability.

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    Ritz Strengthens Trade with China
    November 13 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz recently joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a delegation of Canadian Ministers and business leaders to take part in the Canada-China Business Forum. Read it here.

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    SIAL Paris 2014 Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Record Attendance
    November 13 - The Salon International de l'Alimentation (SIAL) Paris is the world's largest agribusiness trade fair and it recently wrapped up its 50th Anniversary event with an impressive number of 155,766 visitors who toured more than 6,500 exhibits from 104 countries.

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    FCC Report Shows Canada is Worlds Top per Capita Ag Trader
    November 11, 2014 - Canada is the world's top agriculture trader when compared to all other countries on a per capita basis, according to Farm Credit Canada's (FCC) annual report on global trade.

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    Canadian Pork Producers Advised of New U.S. Tag Requirements
    November 10, 2014 - Canadian pork producers who ship to the U.S. are being advised to be aware of new U.S. requirements for identifying pigs imported from Canada.

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    Responding to Consumers Critical for Growth of Cattle Industry
    November 7, 2014 - North America's leading tracking and tracing software company is calling attention to the need for the beef industry to more adequately respond to growing consumer demand for reliable information about their beef-how it was raised, and what chemicals or drugs were used to create it.

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    Credit Card Fee Reduction Welcome News for Retailers
    November 6, 2014 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released the news this week that Visa and MasterCard have announced the first-ever reduction in the interchange fees retailers pay to accept credit cards and a freeze in those rates for an additional five years.

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    Restaurant Survey Shows Optimism
    November 6, 2014 - Restaurants Canada's latest Restaurant Outlook Survey shows signs of an improving economy cautiously driving optimism in the restaurant industry up. Read how.

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    Ritz Responds to COOL Appeal Denial
    November 5, 2014 - Despite the WTO ruling against COOL, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the appeal. Read what Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had to say to Canadian Meat Business about the decision.

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    New Video Examines Myths About Individual Sow Housing Systems
    November 4, 2014 - Housing systems for pregnant sows have become an issue of controversy and confusion, but a new Meat MythCrusher video takes viewers on a tour of a sow housing operation to explain the complex humane handling considerations that go into housing systems for pregnant sows.

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    U.S. Appeals Court Denies Petition for COOL Rehearing
    November 3, 2014 - The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week denied the petition for panel rehearing on country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

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    Canada Ready to Take Action against U.S. over Meat Labeling
    November 1, 2014 - Canada will pursue "any and all remedies" to pressure the United States to drop regulations on meat labeling that Canada considers discriminatory.

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    2014 Turn Around in Live Hog Prices Just in Time to Avert Disaster
    October 30, 2014 - The chair of Alberta Pork says, while it was too late for many, the turn around in live hog prices that occurred in 2014 came just in time to avert disaster within the Canadian pork industry.

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    AAFC Testing Means Safer Meat for Canadians
    October 28, 2014 - Ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products such as deli meats are being studied by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists to ensure their safety and find new ways to make healthier products. Read how.

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    Fixing M-COOL Would Benefit American As Well As Canadian Pork Producers Survey
    October 27, 2014 - The chair of Manitoba Pork says pork producers on both sides of the Canada U.S. border and U.S. pork processing plants continue to suffer from the effects of U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling.

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    USDA Predicts Modest Expansion for Global Markets in 2015
    October 23, 2014 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its Livestock & Poultry World Markets and Trade report. Read about it here

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    WTO Rules COOL Has to Go
    October 21, 2014 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) has finally released its ruling for the second and final time in the mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) debate and for the second time the panel has ruled in Canada and Mexico's favor.

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    Caterers and Western Canada boom help push commercial foodservice sales to new record in 2015
    October 20, 2014 - Growth in Western Canada and a booming contract catering industry will help push commercial foodservice sales to a record $59.8 billion next year, according to Restaurant Canada?s annual Industry Forecast.

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    Producers to Benefit from New Export Opportunities
    October 16, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast have announced that Canadian beef and livestock producers can now benefit from expanded export opportunities in two international markets.

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    IPPE 30 under 30 Program
    October 14, 2014 - The world's largest meat production and processing expo hopes to attract young professionals. See how you can apply.

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    Harper Government Supports National Livestock Traceability Database
    October 10, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced an investment of $7.5 million to the Canadian Agri?Traceability Services to develop, implement and operate a national livestock traceability data service.

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    B.C. Pork Fears PEDv Outbreak from the East
    October 9, 2014 - The recent outbreaks reported in Manitoba and Ontario has BC Pork concerned enough to batten down the bio-security hatches.

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    Unique Promotions Good for PEI Livestock Industry
    October 9, 2014 - In PEI, there have been some unique challenges but Island producers came up with a remarkable marketing campaign. Read about it!

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    Ritz Highlights Importance of Open Trade
    October 8, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz addressed the 23rd Tri-National Agricultural Accord where he underscored the importance for all three NAFTA countries to recognize and promote free and unfettered trade.

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    CPC Discusses Korea FTA
    October 7, 2014 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC)recently appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade with regard to the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Korea. Read why.

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    Canada Hosts North American Pork Industry Leaders
    October 7, 2014 - Montreal was the setting for a recent meeting hosted by the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) that brought together the North American pork industry.

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    Animal Health Week Emphasizes Responsible Use of Antibiotics
    October 6, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) recently recognized Animal Health Week by drawing attention to the important role played by veterinarians through the appropriate use of antibiotics.

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    Changes to TFWP Could Jeopardize Meat Processing Plants
    October 6, 2014 - The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) warns changes to Canada's temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) are jeopardizing the future of Canada's meat processing plants.

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    Fifth PEDv Case Confirmed in Manitoba
    October 2, 2014 - Manitoba's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has confirmed the province's fifth on-farm case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in a nursery finisher barn in southeast Manitoba.

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    CETA With a Little Less Sugar
    October 1, 2014 - The latest re-announcement of CETA came Friday but should the Canadian Meat industry be eyeing this deal a little closer.

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    Canada hungry for Aussie beef?
    October 1, 2014 - Australian beef exports to Canada continue to grow, with 24,331 tonnes slaughter weight received so far this year, up 109% on the same period last year.

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    Pork Producers Encouraged to Close Bio Security Gaps
    September 30, 2014 - In the wake of two new cases of PED reported in Manitoba recently, Manitoba Pork is encouraging the province's pork producers to take steps to close any gaps in bio-security.

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    Winter means more due diligence against PEDv
    September 24, 2014 - Summer is officially over and while we all here in Canada hunker down for what we hope is a milder winter, the pork industry in particular, braces for another PEDv onslaught.

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    Manitoba Pork Encourages Business Community Involvement in Hog Moratorium Debate
    September 19, 2014 - Karl Kynoch, the chair of Manitoba Pork, is calling on the province's business community to apply pressure on their local MLAs to rethink provincial government policies that have led to a dramatic reduction in the volumes of hogs produced for processing

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    Former NAMP President and Industry Icon passes
    September 19, 2014 - Melvin Salomon passed away Tuesday, September 16th at the age of 100. He was the president of the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) in 1965-66, and received NAMP's highest award, the Angus Award, in 1968. He was an icon in the meat business.

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    Five New Meat MythCrusher Videos Address Common Misperceptions
    September 18, 2014 - The American Meat Institute (AMI) and the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) today released a series of five new Meat MythCrusher videos, each addressing common myths surrounding antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production and antibiotic resistance.

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    2015 Banff Pork Seminar - Prize for Innovative Pork Production
    September 18, 2014 - Do you think you're an inventor and have the next best thing that will set the pork industry on its ear? Then you should get your submission in for the Dr. F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production by Oct 31, 2014. You could win!

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    CFIA Making Progress On Food Regulatory Modernization
    September 17, 2014 - North American Meat Association (NAMA) Canadian Government Representative Robert De Valk was recently updated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on its regulatory modernization efforts.

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    Rabobank: Russian Ban Won't Derail Bullish Margin Outlook for Global Poultry Industry
    September 16, 2014 - Rabobank has issued a new report on the global poultry industry for Q3 2014, saying that the Russian ban on poultry meat imports from the U.S., EU, Canada, Australia and Norway will not derail the bullish outlook for poultry meat prices.

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    Expansion will Likely Be Slow Despite Market Signals
    September 16, 2014 - According to the CCA the record high prices that defined this summer and fall are the traditional market signal for producers to consider expanding their herds.

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    Ontario Pork Report: Environmental Sampling Shows Fewer Positive Samples of PEDv
    September 15, 2014 - Ontario Pork reported that since April there have been very few incidents of environmental contamination from PEDv in Ontario.

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    Rick Hansen Video to Ag Industry
    September 15, 2014 - FCC released this video with Rick Hansen and his important message to the agriculture industry.

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    Olds College Contracts Experts to Drive Agri-Business Cluster, Asset Development
    September 12, 2014 - Olds College will continue its entrepreneurial approach to staying out front of its future, by way of its latest major project that will maximize our asset base to ensure the capacity to provide the most unique learning opportunities for our students and the industries they will join.

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    Canada's Beef Industry not up to the Challenge of Changing Consumer Demands
    September 11, 2014 - Canadian producers like to blame the effects of the BSE crisis and new U.S. country of origin labelling rules but could it be we're failing to adapt to changing consumer demand in Canada and internationally? Read a consultants take on the issue.

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    Harper Government Invests in Livestock Genetics for Export Market Development
    September 10, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford, today announced an investment of $1.6 million to the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association.

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    US Poultry Foundation releases Video on Poultry Antibiotics
    September 9, 2014 - US Poultry & Egg Association has released video series in the past, all viewable on their YouTube channel, but they've recently posted one focusing on the antibiotic issue in poultry production.

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    Nama Contributes to CFIA Consultation Process
    September 9, 2014 - As part of bringing the Safe Food for Canadians Act into play, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) invited comments from NAMA on four discussion papers.

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    Labour Shortages on the Farm
    September 8, 2014 - The heat was on in the western provinces in response to the recently announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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    Stepped Up Biosecurity Key to Containing PED as Weather Turns Colder
    September 8, 2014 - The technical veterinarian with Ontario Pork says a stepped up focus on biosecurity will be key to containing the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea as the weather turns colder.

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    Pork E.Coli recall in Alberta
    September 5, 2014 - V&T Meat and Food out of Calgary, Alberta and Hiep Thanh Trading, in Edmonton, Alberta, are recalling certain raw pork products from the marketplace due to possible E. Coli contamination.

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    Verified Beef Program moves ahead on new modules
    September 4, 2014 - It's been a very active year on the sustainability front for Canada's beef industry. One of the most intriguing aspects was the announcement that the Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, the established on-farm food safety program for beef producers, would add new modules as part of the industry's efforts to anchor a new generation of on-farm sustainability.

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    St. Louis Rams move the Chains on Responsibly Sourced Meat
    September 4, 2014 - This season, football fans at the 64,000-capacity Edward Jones Dome, home to the St. Louis Rams, will enjoy the first ever high-welfare, sustainable hot dogs and burgers.

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    COOL Update
    September 3, 2014 - Recent media reports speculating about the World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel process regarding Canada and Mexico's challenge to U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) have resulted in more than a few media calls to the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA).

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    Higher Meat Prices in Store for Consumers
    September 2, 2014 - Have you noticed the price of meat lately? Experts say high meat prices are likely going to get worse before they get better.

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    New President of International Association for Food Protection Announced
    August 28, 2014 - Dr. Donald L. Zink assumed the presidency of the International Association for Food Protection at the conclusion of IAFP 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    Manitoba Moratorium Boosts Interest in Expanding Hog Production in Saskatchewan
    August 27, 2014 - The chair of Sask Pork says the moratorium on new hog barn construction or expansion in Manitoba makes Saskatchewan the logical choice for expansion of western Canada's swine herd.

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    Jamaica opens Beef imports from Canada
    August 27, 2014 - After closing its borders for over a decade Jamaica has green lit Canadian Beef importation.

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    Labels Now the Law for All Mechanically Tenderized Beef
    August 21, 2014 - In a move to cut risk from foodborne E. coli, all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) sold in Canada from today on must be labelled as such and list instructions on safe cooking.

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    Canadian Lamb Producers Open To Western Members
    August 20, 2014 - The Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative is looking for members in western Canada. Producers are encouraged to buy memberships and production shares which would ensure the purchase of lambs. Read on!

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    Alberta Pork Optimistic Despite Russia's Sanctions
    August 20, 2014 - Russia's ban on Canadian pork will have some impact, but the executive director of Alberta Pork, Darcy Fitzgerald, says the hope is that it will be more of "a big hiccup" than a severe blow.

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    CCA Steaks for CFB Edmonton Special Anniversary
    August 20, 2014 - The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) has a number of commemorative events across Canada in August 2014 to mark a Century of Service. And the CCA held their Steaks for Soldiers in spirit of the celebration.

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    Pigs and Renewable Natural Gas
    August 19, 2014 - Construction is under way in northern Missouri on an innovative $80 million renewable energy project that will turn hog manure into energy. Read how it's done!

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    Russia Pork Ban and the CPC Response
    August 18, 2014 - Canada should be able to find new buyers to replace lost pork sales to Russia. At least that's the Canada Pork Council response.

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    Informed Dining over menu-board labels
    August 17, 2014 - A proposal that would require restaurants to add calories to menu boards in Quebec is out of step with consumer demand and ignores the successful Informed Dining program that is currently being rolled out in thousands of chain restaurants.

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    NAMA Announces 2014 Beef Safety Conference
    August 15, 2014 - The North American Meat Association (NAMA) has announced that its annual Beef Safety Conference scheduled for October 15-16, 2014, at the Four Points By Sheraton near Chicago's O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, will cover "Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing."

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    Ritz Highlights Trade Opportunities at CCA's Semi-Annual Meeting
    August 13, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz addressed the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) semi-annual meeting held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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    Ontario's Beef Industry eyes Australian-style Traceability System
    August 13, 2014 - Can Ontario learn from the success of Australia's one-of-a-kind, chain-length traceability system for beef cattle. Read about the recent study.

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    Russia Sanctions Mostly Effect Canadian Pork
    August 11, 2014 - Canada will not be intimidated by Russia's import ban that mostly affects our pork exports.

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    Schneiders surprised Little Leaguers with a Taste of the Big League
    August 11, 2014 - Kids who grow up playing baseball dream of making it to the big leagues and Schneiders decided to make that dream come true with a video.

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    Canadian Pork Producers brace for Hit from Russian Retaliation
    August 7, 2014 - Russia is responding to fresh sanctions from Canada, the U.S. and other countries with a ban on food imports for a year. The Canadian Pork would be hit hardest.

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    International Trade Show Looking for Canadian Participants
    August 5, 2014 - The Canada-China Meat Exporter Council (CCMEC) and Shineway International (Canada) Inc. (SWI) are coordinating the 2014 China International Beef and Mutton Products and Equipment Exhibition, a very special event to be held from October 23-26, 2014 in Yinchuan City, Ningxia, China.

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    International Trade Show Looking for Canadian Participants
    August 5, 2014 - The Canada-China Meat Exporter Council (CCMEC) and Shineway International (Canada) Inc. (SWI) are coordinating the 2014 China International Beef and Mutton Products and Equipment Exhibition, a very special event to be held from October 23-26, 2014 in Yinchuan City, Ningxia, China.

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    Canadian Beef Fueling the CFL
    August 5, 2014 - Calgary, AB - Canada Beef Inc. and the Canadian Football League (CFL) are proud to announce a three-year partnership agreement which will recognize Canadian beef, and the beef farmers and ranchers across Canada on a national scale.

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    Red Meat Prices Will Sizzle Beyond The Summer
    Aug 1, 2014 - The price of red meat at the grocery store has risen on the back of surging cattle and hog prices, and while prices will not drop in time for this BBQ season, consumers should begin to see some relief later this year, according to a new report from BMO Economics.

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    Minister Ritz fights COOL at U.S. Beef Conference
    Aug 1, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz addressed the U.S.'s National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) summer conference where he stressed the importance of ending the discrimination against Canadian cattle and hogs under mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

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    Temple Grandin and AMI meat plant video series worth the watch
    July 31, 2014 - AMI and renown author and speaker Temple Grandin, who has published books specifically on animal handling, have released a video series on best practises for meat plants. Temple had been the focus of an HBO movie starring Claire Danes in 2010.

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    PEDv not done yet
    July 30, 2014 - Mark Fynn of Manitoba Pork weighs in on our Canadian Meat Business PEDv update.

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    Pregnant Sow Group Housing reflects the Humane Approac
    July 30, 2014 - The American Veterinary Medical Association's House of Delegates released a policy mandating the treatment of pregnant sows be kept in group housing systems. It was only March of this year Canada's National Farm Animal Care council mandated that very principle.

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    Tyson to sell Mexican, Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS
    July 28, 2014 - Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, said it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS SA, the world's No. 1 meat producer, for $575 million.

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    CMC Calls for Public Support for Quick Adoption of Canada-South Korea FTA
    July 25, 2014 - The Canadian Meat Council is encouraging the public to impress upon their members of Parliament the importance of quick adoption of the Canada South Korea Free Trade Agreement.

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    Ritz Highlights Canada-US Agricultural Trade at Major Summit
    July 24, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today addressed the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Foundation Summit where he underscored the importance of free and unfettered trade to drive competitiveness, create jobs and provide economic opportunities on both sides of the border.

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    CCA at Federal, Provincial, Territorial Agriculture Ministers Meeting
    July 23, 2014 - Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) President Dave Solverson and Manager of Federal Provincial Relations Ryder Lee were in Winnipeg for the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers meeting.

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    Label Confusion Clouds Mechanical Tenderizing Safety Warnings
    July 22, 2014 - Canadian shoppers will be able to see if the beef they're buying has been mechanically tenderized when labelling regulations take effect August 21

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    New Outlook good for Meat Industry
    July 18, 2014 - An agricultural economist says a new international outlook "flips the last 10 years on its head" for the farm industry. The outlook from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization looks at demand for agriculture products from 2014 to 2023.

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    Ever wanted to take a Meat Microbiology Course - Here's Your Chance!
    July 18, 2014 - NSF, the National Sanitation Foundation, the leading public health and safety risk management agency, is extending invitations to participate in their Meat Microbiology Course, to be held September 29, 2014, from 8:30 to 4:30pm, in Guelph, Ontario.

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    Swine Breeders Merit and BW Kennedy Award Winners Announced
    July 15, 2014 - Both the Swine Breeders Merit and the B.W. Kennedy Memorial Awards were presented at this years CCSI Annual General Meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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    Farmers' severe flooding losses dominate discussion at KAP meeting
    July 14, 2014 - Farmers at yesterday's Keystone Agricultural Producers general council meeting in Brandon expressed their dismay over the severe crop and pasture losses due to flooding from the record-breaking rains experienced by Manitoba and Saskatchewan in June.

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    Water-logged Beef Producers meet with Ag Minister
    July 11, 2014 - Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) met with Manitoba's agriculture minister to discuss strategies to help producers deal with the immediate and longer-term effects of this year's flooding and excess moisture conditions.

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    NAMA Announces 2014 Beef Safety Conference in Chicago
    July 10, 2014 - North American Meat Association (NAMA) announced that its annual Beef Safety Conference in Chicago this October will cover Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing

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    Government Announces $3.8M Partnership for Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence
    July 9, 2014 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz and Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel joined Canada Beef Chair Chuck MacLean and President Rob Meijer to announce $3,844,800 in funding for the new Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence.

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    Processed meat products can play healthy role
    July 8, 2014 - A new menu model analysis developed by a team of nutrition experts shows that processed meat and poultry products can fit into a healthy balanced diet, according to the American Meat Institute comments submitted to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

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    Beef Producers need flooding solution
    July 7, 2014 - Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is seeking short and long-term strategies to help beef producers deal with the effects of the flooding and excess moisture conditions.

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    WBDC's 2014 Field Day celebrates Partnerships in Research
    July 7, 2014 - About 160 producers and industry insiders spent a beautiful sunny day attending the 16th annual Summer Field Day hosted by the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC)at the Termuende Research Ranch near Lanigan, Saskatchewan.

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    Canada-China beef trade deal inked
    June 30, 2014 - Canada and China have reached a trade agreement to provide access for Canadian bone-in beef from animals under 30 months of age, as well as access for live cattle.

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    Ottawa issues meat recall for North West Co
    June 30, 2014 - If you're shopping for wieners or sausages at your local Arctic Co-ops Ltd. or North West Co. retail store, be careful what you buy

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    PEDv Fosters Unprecedented Willingness to Share Animal Health Information
    June 27, 2014 - The executive director of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians says the effort to control Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea has fostered an unprecedented willingness among pork producers and veterinarians to share animal health information.

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    Pork Producers Encouraged to Prepare for Mandatory Pig Movement Reporting
    June 24, 2014 - The manager of PigTrace Canada is encouraging pork producers to begin preparing now for the introduction of mandatory reporting of swine movements within Canada.

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    Minister Ritz Concludes Successful Agriculture Mission to China
    June 23, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has completed a successful agricultural trade mission to China.

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    Industry concerned about meat processing capacity
    June 23, 2014 - The Canadian Meat Council responseed to the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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    Minimum wage hike bad for restaurants
    June 23, 2014 - Is hiking Manitoba's hourly minimum wage the answer? Read why not.

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    Canada Beef welcomes announcement of expanded access agreement with China
    June 19, 2014 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz has announced a formal agreement between Canadian and Chinese officials to provide access for Canadian bone-in beef from animals under thirty months of age, as well as access for live cattle.

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    Minister Ritz Delivers Major Market Access Achievements in China
    June 18, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz held key bilateral meetings with the Chinese government that have yielded key developments benefitting a wide range of producers, processors and exporters across Canada's robust agricultural economy.

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    Harper Government creating a competitive advantage for Swine Exporters
    June 18, 2014 - Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of over $1 million to the Canadian Swine Exporters Association (CSEA) to help boost international recognition of Canada's superior purebred swine genetics..

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    Canada meat packers slow production due to worker shortage
    June 18, 2014 - Canadian meat packers are short hundreds of workers, forcing plants to run at well below full capacity, the industry group Canadian Meat Council said on Monday.

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    Michael Hoffort appointed CEO of FCC
    June 16, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today the appointment of Michael Hoffort as President and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit Canada.

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    Minister Ritz Leads Mission to China to Strengthen Agricultural Science and Trade Partnerships
    June 11, 2014 - Minister Gerry Ritz will be in China next week leading a delegation, showcasing Canada's agricultural capabilities and promoting increased imports of Canadian agricultural products.

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    Canadian Pork Industry Welcomes Aggressive Timetable for Canada-Korea FTA
    June 13, 2014 - Canadian hog producers, pork processors and meat traders in Canada have a very strong interest in this trade agreement with South Korea. Read why..

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    Tyson's Bid for Hillshire Brings Anti-Trust Concern
    June 13, 2014 - The Tyson / Hillshire purchase took a new turn when the NFU said the buyout - which was proposed by Tyson last week, though not yet approved by Hillshire - would leave farmers with fewer choices for marketing their products.

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    RCMP out to get their rustlers
    June 13, 2014 - Where is Jack Palance when you need him? Yes, in this day and age, long after John Ford's classic Red River and every other cattle rustler film has lost its place in our consciousness, along comes the news that 59 mixed breed heifers were taken near Czar, Alberta, northeast of Calgary.

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    Canada's meat industry says it needs temporary foreign workers to fill jobs
    June 12, 2014 -- Canada's meat industry says controversy over the temporary foreign worker program has made it increasingly difficult for processing plants to hire enough staff to remain competitive. There are concerns that changes to the federal program the industry expects the government to roll out in the coming weeks won't help it fill hundreds of vacant jobs.

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    Re-infection of PEDv possible
    June 11, 2014 - The USDA reported on an incidence of re-infection with the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) on an Indiana farm this spring. Matt Ackerman, DVM, a southeastern Indiana swine veterinarian, spoke to Reuters Press on behalf of his clients who own the farm that experienced the re-break. Ackerman said that the same strain of PEDV hit the farm in May 2013, and again in March 2014.

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    2014 World Pork Expo reflects positive producer outlook
    June 11, 2014 - Wrapping up its 26th year, the 2014 World Pork Expo attracted nearly 20,000 pork producers and other professionals from 32 countries to Des Moines, Iowa.

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    Shoppers Can Now Buy Chicken Labelled "Raised by a Canadian Farmer"
    June 9, 2014 - Responding to growing demands from consumers to know where their food comes from, Chicken Farmers of Canada has introduced its "Raised by a Canadian Farmer"; a branding program showcasing the commitment of farmers to provide families with nutritious chicken raised to the highest standards of care, quality and freshness.

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    Tyson Foods wins bidding war for Hillshire Brands
    June 9, 2014 - Tyson Foods Inc. has inked a deal to buy Chicago-based Hillshire Brands Co. for $63 per share, or roughly $7.8 billion excluding debt, surpassing offers from rival Pilgrim's Pride Corp. by almost a billion dollars and prompting some analysts to question whether the price is too high.

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    PEDv Needs to be Stopped and Eliminated in Canada
    June 6, 2014 - Canadian Pork producers continue to take preventative measures to slow viruses like PEDv from affecting Canada's herd health. PEDv poses no risk to human health or food safety but it is a devastating production virus that producers must make it a priority to consider all preventative measures that can reduce the risk of transmission.

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    Canada's first meat graduate studies program welcomed by stakeholders
    June 5, 2014 - When it comes to foods such as as beef and pork, people are more likely to think of abattoirs instead of academia, but that could change because of Canada's first graduate program in the science of meat.

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    B.C. artisanal meat firms extend their brand with new local meats app
    June 4, 2014 - B.C.'s local and artisanal meat and poultry producers have launched a smartphone app that will guide you straight to the restaurants and retailers that carry their products..

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    Source of PEDv outbreak remains mystery
    June 3, 2014 - Investigators may never determine how a highly contagious virus that has killed an estimated 10 per cent of U.S. pigs entered the country for the first time last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's top veterinarian said Monday.

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    Tyson Foods make a play for Hillshire
    June 2, 2014 - Tyson Foods entered into the race to acquire Hillshire Brands, launching a cash bid of $6.8 billion worth $50 a share for the maker of Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean sausage.

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    Harper Government invests $13 million in pork research
    May 29, 2014 - Canada's swine industry has received a $13 million investment from the Harper Government for a pork research cluster that will help the sector to keep pace with changing consumer demands, enhance disease resilience and continue focusing on animal welfare measures.

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    Maple Leaf Foods reduces hog plant production
    May 28, 2014 - Canadian pork processor Maple Leaf Foods said on Tuesday it will idle production at its Brandon, Manitoba hog plant one day per month during the next five months as it grapples with a shortage of pigs.

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    GrowSafe wins INTEL Canadian SME Award
    May 28, 2014 - GrowSafe Systems Ltd received the INTEL SME award for Innovation at the Canadian Advanced Technology award gala in Ottawa.

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    Meat recalls keep coming
    May 27, 2014 - Meat recalls are scary events and with the recent ground beef and chicken recalls in the U.S getting top headlines, our fears in Canada of which packet of meat to trust from the local store could make us nervous consumers yet again.

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    Beef producers demand a high quality TPP deal
    May 26, 2014 - Beef producers from four Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries have again demanded that any TPP agreement be a high quality deal that eliminates all tariffs on beef.

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    New Export Opportunities in Ukraine for Canadian Livestock Producers
    May 22, 2014 - Canadian livestock producers will benefit from new export opportunities in Ukraine with the signing of an arrangement allowing exports of pure-bred sheep and goats.

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    A Canada-U.S. meat dispute takes a free-speech twist
    May 20, 2014 - Canadian livestock producers were in a Washington courtroom Monday fighting against labelling requirements blamed for having devastated their exports.

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    Joint Statement by North American Agricultural Leaders
    May 20, 2014 - Agricultural leaders, Enrique Martnez, Secretary of Agriculture, Mexico, Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, United States and, Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, Canada, met in Mexico City to reaffirm the benefits of fair and open trade for cross border economic and food security.

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    Canadian government funds PEDv biosecurity plan
    May 20, 2014 - The Canadian government announced it is providing crucial funding to stem the potential impact of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in British Columbia hog farms as well as other parts of Canada

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    Minister Ritz to Join U.S. and Mexico to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of NAFTA
    May 16, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be in Mexico next week to promote the widespread agricultural trade benefits the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has provided across the continent over the past 20 years. Minister Ritz will join Mexican Agriculture Secretary, Enrique Martnez, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, marking the first tri-lateral gathering of the three North American agriculture leaders.

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