Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(Farm-Safety)

A report commissioned by the previous Progressive Conservative government shows it was aware that Alberta farm workers needed workplace insurance protection.

The Sigma Risk Management report, obtained by the Alberta Federation of Labour, was presented to the Tories in February 2015, three months before they were swept from power by the N-D-P.

The report says about two thousand farm workers in Alberta suffer a lost-time accident each year and about 20 will die in workplace accidents.

It also notes that Workers Compensation Board coverage would be the cheapest insurance option for small and medium-size farms. (The Canadian Press)

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(Carlier-Trade-Mission)

Alberta's agriculture minister is going on a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates and India beginning tomorrow and lasting until March 3rd.

Oneil Carlier says expanding Alberta's international trade and investment relationships creates jobs in the province and further diversifies the economy.

He says both countries have tremendous opportunities with growing markets for Alberta's high-quality food and agriculture products.

One of the highlights of the trip will be participating with Alberta companies in the Gulfood trade event in Dubai. One of the largest events of its kind in the world, the trade show attracts food and hospitality exhibitors and buyers from more than 160 countries. (The Canadian Press)

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(Eichler-Trump)

Manitoba's agriculture minister says it's important to work with the new administration of U-S President Donald Trump.

Ralph Eichler says he liked what he heard out of the meeting last week between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Trump.

While there was concerns going into the meeting over NAFTA, those fears subsided somewhat when Trump revealed that most of his concerns where with Mexico.

However, Eichler says while a trading relationship with the US is important, it's also critical to look at other markets such as the European Union. …

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