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December 23, 2015
FEATURED NEWS: Cranberries may boost broiler chicken immunity
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B.C. gets funding to assist with avian influenza surveillance, detection and response

The federal and British Columbia governments are investing $300,000 to step up avian flu surveillance, early detection and response efforts. The B.C. Agriculture Ministry says the funding will enhance its Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford with specialized equipment to test sediment samples from ponds and wetlands used by waterfowl. >> Read full article

U.S. Congress repeals meat labelling law, after facing Canadian retaliation

A potential trade war between Canada and the United States was all but averted Dec. 18 when Congress passed a massive spending bill that also repealed a controversial meat labelling law. The 2,000-plus pages of legislation contained a two-page rider that scrapped the U.S. labelling law, known as COOL, which had become a major irritant among Canada, Mexico and the U.S. >> Read full article

OSCIA hosting new workshops in 2016

Besides Environmental Farm Plan and Growing Your Farm Profits workshops, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is now also offering biosecurity, food safety and traceability workshops.

Workshops may be required in order to access cost-share funding. Be sure to review cost-share program details, also available on OSCIA's website. >> Read full article

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Cranberries may boost broiler chicken immunity

Dr. Moussa S. Diarra, a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Guelph Research and Development Centre, is currently conducting trials to examine the effects of cranberry fruit extracts on the immunity of broiler birds during their first 14 days of life, a critical period when “they need something to build up their immunity” against infectious disease. “Young birds are fragile and can be hit by several types of infections” if preventive measures aren’t administered, he notes. >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

Southwest Ag Conference

January 5-6. 2016
Location: Ridgetown, Ont. >> More Info

International Production and Processing Expo

January 26-28, 2016
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta >> More Info

Pacific Agriculture Show

January 28-30, 2016
Location: Tradex Exhibition Centre (Abbotsford Airport) >> More Info

B.C. Poultry Conference

Marhc 9-11, 2016
Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, B.C. >> More Info