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Electronic signatures now accepted on health certificates

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) have come to an agreement on electronically signed health certificates. Under the agreement, which went into effect June 1, the U.S. will accept electronically signed certificates (i.e. certificates that are requested and issued via My CFIA) for […] Read more

Beef yield grade standards to mirror U.S.

In January, Canada’s beef yield grade standards will change from the current three classes to five in order to mirror U.S. standards. The Canadian Beef Grading Agency says the move will allow alignment with the country’s largest export market for cattle and beef, and also provide enhanced distinction between higher- and lower-yielding carcasses. That will […] Read more


The large volume of spring-harvested canola has increased producer concerns about grading and dockage assessments by elevators this year.

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Alberta producers are reporting large variations among buyers in their dockage assessment on canola, says a provincial crop market analyst. “On dockage alone, producers have reported from one to over three per cent differences in dockage on the same sample of their canola,” said Neil Blue. “These differences were reported both in cases of comparing […] Read more