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NOVEMBER AGRI-BUSINESS

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ALBERTA QUARANTINE UPDATE
 
CANADA'S FOOD SAFETY WATCHDOG IS WARNING THAT MORE RANCHES MAY BE QUARANTINED AS PART OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO A CASE OF BOVINE TB.
 
THE DISEASE WAS DISCOVERED IN A COW THAT WAS SENT FROM SOUTHERN ALBERTA TO A SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN THE U.S. 
 
THE FEDERAL AGENCY SAYS ONLY ONE CASE OF THE CONTAGIOUS BACTERIAL DISEASE HAS BEEN DISCOVERED, BUT 30 RANCHES IN SOUTHEASTERN ALBERTA REMAIN UNDER QUARANTINE...MEANING THE OWNERS CAN'T SHIP ANY OF THEIR ANIMALS TO MARKET. 
  
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POTASH - AGRIUM UPDATE
 
SHAREHOLDERS OF POTASH CORP AND CALGARY BASED AGRIUM VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOUR OF AN ALL STOCK MERGER. 
 
AT SEPARATE MEETINGS THURSDAY, SHAREHOLDERS IN SASKATCHEWAN VOTED MORE THAN 99 PERCENT IN FAVOUR OF THE DEAL, WHILE MORE THAN 98 PERCENT OF AGRIUM SHAREHOLDERS GAVE IT THE GREEN LIGHT.
 
 IF THE DEAL GOES THROUGH, POTASHCORP WILL OWN ABOUT 52 PERCENT OF THE NEW COMPANY WHILE AGRIUM WILL HOLD THE REMAINING 48 PERCENT. 
 
THE COMPANY WOULD BE HEADQUARTERED IN SASKATOON, WHILE MAINTAINING A CORPORATE OFFICE IN CALGARY.
 
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HARVEST - DISASTER AREAS
 
WHILE FARMERS HOPE WARMER NOVEMBER WEATHER WILL HELP THEM GET SOME OF THEIR CROPS OFF, TWO COUNTIES HAVE NOW DECLARED A "STATE OF AGRICULTURAL DISASTER, AS A RESULT OF THE WET FALL. 
 
BRAZEAU AND LAC ST. ANNE ARE BOTH LOOKING FOR HELP FOR PRODUCERS.  
 
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CATTLE QUARANTINE 
 
CATTLE PRODUCERS UNDER QUARANTINE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA FINALLY HAVE SOME INFORMATION CONCERNING TESTING THAT'S ONGOING. 
 
DR. HARPREET KOCHER SAYS THE CFIA IS BRINING IN MORE PEOPLE TO TEST ANIMALS FROM 30 HERDS, BUT THE PROCESS COULD TAKE MONTHS.
 
HE SAYS FARMERS WHO'S CATTLE HAVE TO BE DESTROYED WILL BE COMPENSATED.
 
THE CO-CHAIR OF THE ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS SAYS THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY NEEDS TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT WITH RANCHERS AFFECTED BY A CASE OF BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS IN THE PROVINCE. 

THE CASE HAS LED TO THE QUARANTINE OF 30 FARMS AND SEVERAL HERDS WILL LIKELY HAVE TO BE DESTROYED. BOB LOWE SAYS HE CAN UNDERSTAND SOME SECRECY FROM THE AGENCY, BUT IF A FARMER IS TOLD HIS ENTIRE HERD IS GOING TO BE CONDEMNED WITHOUT SAYING WHY, THAT LEADS TO A GREAT DEAL OF SUSPICION AND RUMOURS. 
 
THE INITIAL HERD OWNED BY BRAD OSADCHUCK IS SET TO BE EUTHANIZED NEXT WEEK, AND LOWE SAYS IT COULD BE FOUR TO SIX WEEKS LATER, BEFORE TESTING ON THE ANIMALS IS COMPLETE AND WE KNOW IF THERE'S ANOTHER CASE OF BOVINE TB.
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CANOLA UPDATE
 
THE CANOLA INDUSTRY IS WELCOMING THE INCLUSION OF RECIPROCAL PENALTIES AS ONE MAJOR ELEMENT OF A NEW LONG TERM VISION FOR GRAIN TRANSPORTATION.  
 
THE CEO OF THE CANOLA GROWERS ASSOCIATION, RICK WHITE SAYS GRAIN SHIPPERS HAVE LONG BEEN BOUND TO PERFORMANCE STANDARDS WITH FINANCIAL PENALTY, BUT THERE WAS NO MECHANISM IN PLACE FOR SHIPPERS TO HOLD RAILWAYS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR LEVEL OF SERVICE.    
 
WHITE WAS RESPONDING TO THE RELEASE OF TRANSPORTATION 2030 TODAY BY FEDERAL TRANSPORT MINISTER, MARC GARNEAU. 
 
THE REPORT COMES AFTER A LENGTHY PROCESS OF CONSULTATION AND REVIEW.
 
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4-H ANNIVERSARY AT FARM FAIR

 
A HUGE CELEBRATION KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK AT FARMFAIR, FOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF 4-H IN ALBERTA.
 
SPOKESMAN CAMERON HORNER SAYS THE PROGRAM HAS MEANT SO MUCH TO KIDS OVER THE PAST CENTURY, IN HELPING SHAPE THEIR LIVES AND FUTURE CAREERS....
 
THE KICKOFF TO NEXT YEAR'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF 4-H IN ALBERTA WILL BE NEXT WEDNESDAY (NOV. 9TH) AT FARMFAIR IN EDMONTON.
 
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MANITOBA HALLOWEEN INCIDENT

 
A MANITOBA FARMER SAYS SOMEONE CAME ON TO HER PROPERTY AND TAMPERED WITH FOOD FOR HER CATTLE ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT. 

LISA DYCK SAYS SHE KEEPS THE FEED FOR HER COWS, WHICH IS MEANT TO LAST ALL WINTER, UNDER A PROTECTIVE PLASTIC TO PREVENT MOULD. 

THAT PLASTIC WAS CUT, AND ALTHOUGH DYCK SAYS SHE AND OTHERS ON THE FARM WERE ABLE TO PATCH THE RIP, THE DAMAGE COULD HAVE BEEN IN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. 

DYCK SAYS SHE WANTS VANDALS TO KNOW HOW COSTLY SOMETHING SUCH AS THIS CAN BE TO FARMERS, AND HOW MUCH DAMAGE THEY COULD HAVE ACTUALLY DONE. 

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(ALTA-AGRICULTURAL-DISASTER)

A SECOND COUNTY IN THE EDMONTON AREA IS DECLARING A STATE OF AGRICULTURAL DISASTER BECAUSE RAIN AND SNOW IS HAMPERING THE HARVEST.

LAC STE. ANNE COUNTY COUNCILLOR ROSS BOHNET SAYS THE COUNTY HAS STRUGGLED THROUGH DROUGHT AND GRASSHOPPER YEARS IN THE PAST BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE RECALLS IT DECLARING A DISASTER DURING HARVEST SEASON. 

BOHNET SAYS THE COUNTY HOPES THE FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WILL RESPOND AND HELP FARMERS. 
BRAZEAU COUNTY, SOUTHWEST OF EDMONTON, DECLARED A STATE OF AGRICULTURAL DISASTER LAST WEEK.  

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