Briefs – for Oct. 10, 2011

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America says yes to Canadian blood meal

By Sheri Monk

AF STAFF

The U.S. is poised to begin importing Canadian bovine blood meal again for the first time in eight years. Blood meal is a dry powder made from cattle blood collected at processing facilities. It is used primarily as a high-nitrogen fertilizer or a high-protein animal feed ingredient.

The U.S. prohibited the importation of Canadian bovine blood meal after BSE was discovered in 2003. Blood is free of prions, the agent known for BSE transmission, but care must be taken to ensure the blood is not cross-contaminated with specified risk material while being processed. It is positive for West Coast Reduction and the Canadian beef industry as any new markets we can sell to creates more demand and spreads the risk if one market is to change, said Barry Glotman, president and CEO of West Coast Reduction.

The company owns and operates three of the four rendering plants in Alberta, where much of the economic impact from the renewed trade will be felt. The collection method agreed upon by Canadian and American officials is reported as being key to the favourable agreement. Before the trade in blood meal was abolished, it represented $4 million to the Canadian economy.

Canola fall cash advances available

Effective today, the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) is now accepting applications for the 2011 fall cash advance program.

Under the Advance Payment Program, farmers are eligible for a cash advance of up to $400,000 $100,000 interest free and the remaining $300,000 at competitive interest rates. Post-harvest advances for this production period are available from the CCGA until March 1, 2012.

This year, in addition to our normal process of accepting applications by mail, CCGA is accepting applications by fax, which it says has reduced the application submission time by three to five days for most applicants.

Producers can apply for a post-harvest advance online at www.ccga.ca, or for assistance of a customer service representative, call 1-866-745-2256. Applications are also available at many local elevators.

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