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Election 2015 could have higher agricultural profile

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Prime minister Stephen Harper made it official this morning and kicked off the longest election campaign since the 1872.

Canadian voters go the polls Oct. 19, which makes the campaign 78 days long. The last election campaign to come close was 74 days in 1926.

Shortly after speaking to gov. general David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, Harper stressed the importance of the economy and global security.

While agricultural issues don’t usually dominate federal election campaigns that could change this time around.

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TPP fails on auto, drugs, dairy

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LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31 (Reuters) - Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, fell just short of a deal at talks on the Hawaiian island of Maui but were confident an agreement was within reach. "The undergrowth has been cleared away in the course of this meeting in a manner that I…
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Pacific Rim free trade talks fail to end in deal

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LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31 (Reuters) - Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared between Japan and North America over autos, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, fell just short of a deal at talks on the Hawaiian island of Maui. "We have made significant progress during the last week's meetings," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said. "We have advanced toward the…
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CWB gets new name

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The CWB is history. The former Canadian Wheat Board has a new majority owner, a new name and a new corporate logo. The CWB brand, which has been part of the prairie landscape since the early 1900s, will still be visible for a few months, but for all intents and purposes it no longer exists. G3 Global Grain Group announced July 31 that it has completed its investment in the former wheat board and has renamed the company G3 Canada. The new grain company will be based in Winnipeg and will consist of former CWB assets as well as grain handling assets previously owned by Bunge Canada. [Read more]

Pacific Rim free trade talks go down to the wire

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LAHAINA, Hawaii — Talks on a Pacific Rim free-trade pact face a fast-approaching deadline later today as trading partners aimed to wrap up a deal within hours, with issues including trade in dairy products and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs still unresolved. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including Canada, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, had a news conference scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CST) on the Hawaiian island of Maui. "We are still aiming to conclude the negotiations by the time of the news conference," Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said before heading into a…
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Canola futures close higher after a bad month

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A bad month for crop futures ended with most prices staying near multi-month or multi-year lows. Friday marked the end of Canada’s crop year. Canola finished Friday up but was sharply down over the month. November canola clawed back above $500 to close at $502 per tonne, up $3.30. Over the month, November fell 6.4 percent. The selloff in the later half of July, sparked by improving weather in the U.S. Midwest and the Canadian Prairies, sucked the wind out of the sails of most grains and oilseed prices. “Soybeans are under pressure with the idea that the (crop condition) ratings are going to improve next week,” said Errol Anderson of Pro Market Wire. Canola’s positive…
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Livestock Today – Large supply drags down hog futures; cattle weak

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By Theopolis Waters CHICAGO, July 31 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs closed lower on Friday as hefty supplies continued to pressure cash and wholesale pork values, traders and analysts said. August ended down 1.175 cents per lb at 78.500 cents, and October 1.975 cents lower at 63.725 cents. Market-ready, or cash, hogs in the western Midwest sold at $73.63 per cwt on average in light volume on Friday morning, $2.38 lower than on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The USDA reported the morning's wholesale pork price at $85.38 per cwt, 85 cents weaker than on Thursday following an almost $5 slump in hams. This week packers are on track to slaughter 2.137…
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Sask. community pasture switches hands

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The Govenlock pasture in southwestern Saskatchewan has been transferred from one federal ministry to another. In a news release earlier this week, Environment Canada announced it was taking over the pasture from Agriculture Canada. An official transfer date has not been announced and Environment Canada did not provide more information before Western Producer deadlines. It appears from the news release that the arrangement is part of the National Conservation Plan announced last year to help conserve and restore land and water bodies. The former Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration pasture was the only one not slated for transfer to the province under a five-year divestiture…
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CGC plans to reclassify 29 wheat varieties

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The Canadian Grain Commission is going ahead with a plan to reclassify 25 varieties in the Canada Western Red Spring  wheat class. The commission announced July 29 that 25 CWRS varieties, including Lillian, Unity, Harvest and Kane, will be reclassified Aug. 1, 2017. The decision was based on consultations with domestic and international stakeholders, including end users who had raised concerns that gluten strength in the CWRS class was no longer meeting expectations. Four Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) varieties will also be reclassified and other varieties will also be subject to a review and potential reclassification ruling beginning next year. The commission has yet to…
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Canada Beef sponsors Grey Cup tour

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Beef and football will combine in coming weeks when the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup trophy takes a tour of western Canadian co-op grocery stores. Sponsored by Canada Beef, the cup will be at 10 locations in nine communities staring with Leduc, Alta., on Aug. 6. People will be able to have their photo taken with the cup and also partake of barbecues and football tosses, according to a Canada Beef news release. The 106-year-old trophy will travel some 1,700 kilometres on its current trip. Here is a list of locations and times for Grey Cup appearances: •    Aug. 6: Leduc, Alta. (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) •    Aug. 6: Olds, Alta. (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.) •  …
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