Video: Canada’s Weekly Farm Update – April 11, 2014.

In this week’s video markets and news cast Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea has been confirmed in more Manitoba pigs. The provincial government said Thursday a small number of animals tested positive for PED at a high traffic site in western Manitoba. Western Producer reporter Ed White was at the Manitoba Pork Council conference in Winnipeg where participants discussed how to control PED. Iowa producer Bill Tentingner took part in a panel discussion about PED. Tentingner is a Iowa hog farmer whose operation is located right in the middle of the region’s PED outbreak. However, Tentingner’s operation has remained PED free.

Bill C-30 is astep closer to becoming law. The emergency bill was introduced to Parliament in late March and is aimed at improving the movement of Prairie grain to market.

The House of Commons standing committee on agriculture approved the bill on April 7.

The unscheduled shutdown of Agrium’s nitrogen fertilizer plant in Carseland, Alberta is making a urea shortage in Western Canada worse.

The threat of flooding in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is lower than last year due to a drier than usual March. Saskatchewan’s spring runoff forecast shows areas of concern in the Prince Albert, Lloydminster and Rosetown. In Manitoba, where flooding
has been all too common over the last few years, forecasters say it is unlikely this year unless a spring blizzard hits the province.

Australia’s weather service says the chance of an El Nino developing this year has increased to 70 percent.

Viterra is spending more than $100 million to upgrade its Pacific Terminal at the Port of Vancouver.


The expansion of the grain handling network continues with CWB announcing a second elevator, this one at Colonsay, Sask.

Will Canada ever again create a transformative innovation like canola? Our Brandon-based reporter Robert Arnason asks that question in a two-part special report.

We end this week’s show with images from the Saskatchewan Beef Expo where there was a new event for for young cattle fitters.

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