U.S. BEGINS TRADE INVESTIGATION OF SUPERCALENDERED PAPER FROM CANADA . . . A TOP WEEDKILLER COULD CAUSE CANCER. SHOULD WE BE SCARED? . . . DAIRY FARMER DUMPS $100K WORTH OF MILK, BLAMES MARINE ATLANTIC . . . INNOVATION PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS . . .
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U.S. BEGINS TRADE INVESTIGATION OF SUPERCALENDERED PAPER FROM CANADA
Source: Pulp & Paper Canada
The U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated a countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of supercalendered paper from Canada, at the request of The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, an ad hoc association of two U.S. manufacturers of supercalendered paper – Madison Paper Industries and Verso Corp. Media reports from the past few months indicate that the main target of the coalition is Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia. (read more)
A TOP WEEDKILLER COULD CAUSE CANCER. SHOULD WE BE SCARED?
Source: NPR An international committee of cancer experts shocked the agribusiness world a few days ago when it announced that two widely used pesticides are “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The well-respected International Agency for Research on Cancer published a brief explanation of its conclusions in The Lancet and plans to issue a book-length version later this year. The announcement set off a wave of feverish reaction, because one of these chemicals, glyphosate, is a pillar of large-scale farming. Better known by its trade name, Roundup, glyphosate is the most popular weedkiller in the world. (read more)
DAIRY FARMER DUMPS $100K WORTH OF MILK, BLAMES MARINE ATLANTIC
Brent Chaffey, owner of New World Dairy in St. David’s, Nfld-Lab, said ice delays forced him to throw out around 100,000 liters of milk over the weekend that he had intended for shipment. “In the last 72 hours we've had to dump just short of 100,000 liters,” he told CBC’s Corner Brook Morning Show. “That’s slightly more than $100,000 in value.” Chaffey says while he agrees that this year has had the worst and thickest ice the Gulf has seen in 30 years, he doesn’t buy Marine Atlantic’s arguments. According to Chaffey, the ferry service has become less reliable over the years. (read more)
INNOVATION PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
Nova Scotia farmers are encouraged to apply for innovation support through $1.2-million proposal-based programs. The support is available through the innovation part of Growing Forward 2 in Nova Scotia. “Our farmers play a key role in helping to grow the Nova Scotia economy and we want to support and promote programs that help them be more competitive and innovative,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. The innovation theme of Growing Forward 2 supports and promotes market-oriented, consumer-driven initiatives that will improve the competitiveness and profitability of Nova Scotia’s agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based product sector. (read more)
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