Good day and welcome to the Sprout, where it’s National Pralines Day — a sweet, sweet way to send off MPs in the House of Commons, which rose yesterday for its summer break.
Now, here’s today’s agriculture news.
A Conservative private member’s bill that would amend the Income Tax Act to facilitate transfers of small businesses, family farms, and fishing concerns has passed third reading in the Senate and could soon become law. Bill C-208 was the brainchild of Manitoba MP Larry Maguire.
“No longer will parents have to be given a false choice … between a larger retirement package by selling to a stranger or a massive tax bill because they sold to a family member,” Maguire said on Twitter.
The bill has also earned praise from farm groups, including the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, which said Wednesday it was “extremely pleased” by the news. Its full press release is here.
Volunteers in Ottawa are trying to protect the city’s trees from gypsy-moth caterpillars. CBC News has more.
Advocates want more support from the Vancouver government for food-security programs, as organizers prepare for pandemic-related emergency funding to end. CBC News reports.
A four-day hearing is underway in New Brunswick about the use of pesticides and herbicides in the province. As CBC News also reports, opening presentations dealt almost exclusively with the pros and cons of the popular herbicide glyphosate.
Farm workers in Alberta are now eligible for the Critical Worker Benefit. Grainews reports.
Grain producers in Europe are worried that proposed environmental targets will result in more imports, because organic production would increase to 25 per cent of farmland, and pesticide use would be cut by half. Reuters has more.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is revising the funding formula for its food-stamp program because of the difficulty stamp recipients have accessing healthy food. CNN has that story.
And the British government has confirmed it will ban junk-food advertising on TV before 9 p.m., and restrict online ads as well, in an attempt to fight the country’s obesity epidemic. The Guardian reports.
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario says it will no longer sell Stalinskaya Silver Vodka after receiving complaints that the name resembles that of dictator and mass murderer Joseph Stalin. CBC news reports.
This story was copy-edited after publication.
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