Tuesday Dec 10
Prince George Citizen
Farm group says new federal bill gives more control to seed companies
A national farm group says it's worried proposed legislation on seeds will give too much control to multinational corporations.
Mon Dec 09, 2013
Harper Government Proposes Changes to Support Agricultural Sector Growth Through Modernization
The Agricultural Growth Act will increase farmers' access to new crop varieties, enhance trade opportunities and the safety of agricultural products, reduce red tape and contribute to Canada's overall economic growth.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
Canadian Agriculture to Benefit from WTO Agreement
This TFA represents the WTO's first multilateral trade agreement to be concluded since the establishment of the WTO in 1995.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
Nova News Now
Updated: $2.3 million in help for Nova Scotian strawberry farmers
Strawberry farmers affected by a virus complex will receive assistance, West Nova MP Greg Kerr and provincial Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell announced today in Kentville.
Harper Government Invests in Canada's Barley Industry
Today, Member of Parliament Blake Richards , on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced an investment of up to $314,800 for the Alberta Barley Commission at the organization's annual general meeting.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Minister Ritz Grows Agricultural Trade Relationships in South-East Asia
This represents the largest single order to Asia and the largest order for Canadian dairy cattle since 2003.
The Western Producer
Farmers need more control over public seed options
It's been argued, rightfully, that Canada had best pay close attention to creating a research friendly environment lest private investment trickle away to overseas competitors.a © Innovative solutions that strike the right balance between protecting seed breeders' rights and maintaining a wide range of farmer options must be a priority.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Food packaging deregulation 'off the table' MP says
At a town hall meeting addressing the upcoming closure of the Heinz processing plant in Leamington, Ont., Chatham-Kent-Essex Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls told the audience Ottawa has officially scrapped the idea.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
Government of Canada Supports Canadian Grain Industry
The Government of Canada is making strategic investments in market development that will help Canadian grain growers access new global markets and increase sales abroad.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
The Winnipeg Free Press
Railways making hay while grain sits in bins
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has been doing his best to put a brave face on what appears to be a looming wreck when it comes to getting this year's bumper crop of grain to customers.
Fri Nov 29, 2013
Harper Government Invests to Strengthen Agricultural Partnerships with Vietnam
Today during a trade mission to Vietnam, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and his counterpart, Vietnamese Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat, announced that the Government of Canada is investing more than $7.6 million toward a new development project through the International Finance Corporation that will help improve the ... (more)
Tue Nov 26, 2013
Auditor General: Food-recall system needs 'significant improvements' to keep consumers safe
Winter must inspire Canadian humour - how else can you surmount misery? Here Twitter followers tweet what defines folks in the Great White North, using the hashtag #youknowyourecanadianwhen.
Fri Nov 22, 2013
The Western Producer
PBR rules undergo federal review
Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz told members of the Canadian Seed Trade Association Nov. 13 that Ottawa is considering changes to current plant breeders' rights legislation that would clear the way for the adoption of regulatory standards known as UPOV 91.a © However, seed companies that develop seed varieties would be permitted, under ... (more)
Canada's Government Supporting Growth of Organic Sector
Member of Parliament Robert Goguen made the announcement today on behalf of federal agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz at the 14th Annual Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network Conference and Trade Show.
Wed Nov 20, 2013
Government of Canada Investment in Research Will Protect Wheat Crops
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today a $1.26 million investment under Growing Forward 2 in ongoing research, which builds on the $13 million the Government provided in 2009.
Tue Nov 19, 2013
The Daily Courier
GM apple inventor expects approval in 2014
The president of the Summerland company that developed a non-browning apple anticipates federal approval for commercial production in early 2014.
Wed Nov 13, 2013
Ritz announces changes to Plant Breeders Rights Act
Canada intends to sign onto an international convention to give increased variety protection to plant breeders, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz told the Canadian Seed trade Association semi-annual meeting in Winnipeg today.