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U.S. confirms will boost food stamps by record amount

Washington | Reuters –– The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) on Monday will announce revised nutrition standards dramatically boosting average food stamp benefits, the agency confirmed Sunday. The New York Times first reported the plan to unveil the largest permanent benefits increase in the history of the government’s primary anti-hunger program, saying the change would result […] Read more



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Canada, other countries raise meat inspection bar for Brazil

Winnipeg/Chicago | Reuters — Meat-importing countries from North America to Europe and Asia have tightened inspection standards for shipments from Brazil in a bid to protect consumers, following a probe into possible corruption involving inspectors. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said on Wednesday that the tighter inspection standards it enacted in April have resulted […] Read more

The Canadian Grain Commission is still working on its new insurance-based farmer payment protection program, says assistant chief commissioner Jim Smolik.   photo: allan dawson

Free grain-grading program arms farmers to better market their crop

The Canadian Grain Commission’s sampling program takes the guesswork out of grain grading

Reading Time: < 1 minute Of all the things a farmer can’t control, grain grading seems to cause the most headaches after harvest. “You all make your decisions during the year of what you’re going to seed, how you’re going to seed it, and what fertilizers and chemicals you’re going to use to try and maximize the profitability on your […] Read more