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Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen calls for government action on China’s suspension of pork exports from Canada.. including Red Deer’s Olymel

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Red Deer – Mountainview MP Earl Dreeshen rose in the House of Commons during Question Period to ask about the escalating trade issues between Canada and China.  It was earlier revealed the Red Deer Olymel plant has been unlisted for exporting pork to China.

Trudeau government’s incompetence on world stage is costing Canadian farmers and producers. Today we had no action and no answers in QP from the Minister of Ag. on China’s suspension of pork export permits for two Canadian plants – including one in Red Deer.

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Get the dirt on soil health June 18th

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June 18 workshop features key information for landowners

(RED DEER COUNTY) – Red Deer County and the Grey Wooded Forage Association are pleased to announce an upcoming workshop on soil health for local landowners.

Participants will learn from expert speaker Dr. Kris Nichols on soil health and its impact on productivity, the environment, and your financial bottom line.

The workshop will be held on June 18 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Cottonwood Hall.

Deadline for registration is June 15, and space is limited.
To register call GWFA at 403.224.8645 or
go to the calendar section of rdcounty.ca
To stay up to date with Red Deer County, visit www.rdcounty.ca or go to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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CONSERVATIVES BRING NATIONAL ATTENTION TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ON THE FARM

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MAY 28, 2019
from the office of the Official Opposition

OTTAWA, ON – Conservative Members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri- Foods today released a supplemental report on the rising incidence of mental health issues in Canada’s vitally important agricultural sector.

“Conservatives have always stood up for individuals and families who provide Canadians with the most nutritious and the best foods in the world,” stated Luc Berthold, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee and Member of Parliament for Mégantic – L’ Érable. “Our commitment to farmers, ranchers and producers led us to initiate a study on the rising incidence of mental health issues; and we are committed to working with them to find solutions.”

The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Foods began the study on mental health following a motion initiated by Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer – Mountain View, on Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Day, January 31, 2018.

Mr. Dreeshen is a fourth-generation farmer who currently farms grains and canola in central Alberta. Mr. Dreeshen noted at the time that the Standing Committee should undertake a study on the mental health challenges that Canada’s farmers, ranchers, and producers face and should meet with them so that solutions could be found.

The Conservative Members’ Supplemental Report highlights testimony at Committee hearings about the urgency of the problem, as well as the need for action on several fronts. The Supplemental Report highlights Committee testimony that farmers and producers face increased stress and hardship arising from recent government initiatives like the federal carbon tax and concessions made by the government in recent trade agreements.

Additionally, social media attacks from environmental and “animal rights” activists are targeting farmers and their families, resulting in significant distress. As well, the Supplemental Report draws attention to the important role the federal government can play in educating the public about the truth of food production, while countering many of the falsehoods perpetrated by anti-farm groups.

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