A news release by the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food states that approximately three million dollars is being invested into three organizations through the AgriAssurance Program to “enhance animal welfare and tracking,” specifically to update industry standards for the care and handling of farmed animals and to evaluate the technology used to trace animals in the production system in case of disease outbreak. Ontario-based Animal Health Canada will receive $2.9 million to update national codes of practice for farmed animals. Alberta-based Canadian Cattle Identification Agency will receive $52,140 to evaluate the use of ultra-high frequency scanners to read cow identification tags. Ontario-based Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council will receive $35,750 to update its animal welfare program for hatcheries to meet the current Code of Practice. Read the news release here.