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Here’s today’s agriculture news.
The strike at Canada’s biggest railroad, Canadian National Railway Co., entered its fourth day on Friday, with “no substantive progress” made in ongoing talks, according to the Teamsters union that represents some 3,200 striking workers.
The strike is the biggest in a decade, according to the Globe and Mail, and has sparked concerns about a propane shortage at industrial plants and about how farmers’ crops can be moved to market.
CBC News spoke to Mike Verdonck, who had to shut down operations at his farm that’s about 125 kilometres east of Ottawa. Verdonck has about 250 tonnes of wet corn in storage that could soon go to waste if he can’t acquire more propane, as his tanks are empty. His propane supplier has told him he won’t receive another shipment until trains get running again.
The National Post reported that Federal ministers expressed faith in the collective bargaining process and would not comment on the possibility of back to work legislation, as a national railway strike continued into its third day on Thursday.
Quebec Premier François Legault said Thursday that the province was running incredibly short of propane and would run out within four days if the strike was not ended.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the government is aware of the enormous impact the strike is having.
“We are completely seized with the situation that exists at the moment. We know with this strike, there is a large impact economically to all regions of Canada,” he said.
Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced on Twitter yesterday that letters were sent to Canadian dairy producers to notify them about how to access the compensation they’re entitled to for access to Canada’s dairy market that the federal government has given up in recent trade deals.
Delivering our commitment to Canadian dairy producers:
Beginning today, letters are being sent to all eligible Canadian dairy producers, outlining the process to access their compensation (CPTPP/CETA) through the Dairy Direct Payment Program administered by @CDC_Dairy #CdnAg
A new state-of-the-art dairy concentration facility, dubbed Dairy Innovation West, will be built near Lacombe and Red Deer in 2021, with the capacity to accommodate up to 300 million litres of milk per year. The announcement was made this week at the Alberta Dairy Conference held at Edmonton, Alta.
Despite late-season gains, millions of acres of Saskatchewan crops will remain under snow until spring as the worst harvest in years comes to a close. The year’s final crop report, released Thursday, shows 93 per cent of crops combined. That’s up from 90 per cent on Oct. 28 but well below averages in previous years, where up to 99 per cent of crops were completely harvested by the end of October. Of the province’s canola — a valuable cash crop — nine per cent is unharvested, reported the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.
A P.E.I. apple grower says his industry is not being treated fairly when crops are damaged by extreme weather events.
Arlington Orchards suffered significant damage from post-tropical storm Dorian in September, losing 70 per cent of its honeycrisp crop.
“There’s going to be a significant cost, labour costs and replacing the trees,” owner Barry Balsom said to CBC News.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that progress was made on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact in a meeting she held with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Richard Neal, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
“We’re narrowing our differences,” Pelosi told reporters, according to Reuters.
The deadly swine disease roiling China’s hog farms is getting closer to one of its top overseas suppliers of pork. African swine fever was found in 20 wild boar in west Poland this month, putting the disease within 80 kilometres of Germany — the European Union’s biggest hog producer. The EU has been boosting exports to China as it tries to fill a meat shortfall caused by the outbreak, according to Bloomberg.
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture bought 119,998 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States and Canada in a regular tender that closed late Thursday. Japan, the world’s sixth-largest wheat importer, keeps a tight grip on imports of the country’s second-most important staple after rice and buys the majority of the grain for milling via tenders typically issued three times a month, reported Reuters.
China has invited top U.S. trade negotiators for a new round of face-to-face talks in Beijing amid continued efforts to strike at least a limited deal
The report, originally from the Wall Street Journal, said Chinese Vice Premier Liu He invited U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for a meeting in Beijing, adding that Beijing hopes the round of talks can take place before next Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. U.S. officials have indicated they would be willing to meet in person but have not committed to a date. Reuters has the details.