Ontario reclaims Guinness threshing record

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By Diego Flammini St. Albert, Ont. is once again the Guinness world record holder for the most threshing machines operating simultaneously. On Aug. 11, 243 machines threshed wheat together for five minutes to reclaim the record. St. Albert set its first record in 2015 using 111 machines before Austin, Man. broke it with 150 machines the following year. Bringing the record … Read More

Soil degradation a costly global issue

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About a third of the world’s soil is degraded, which has economic and food security implications By Geralyn Wichers When Prairie-dwellers think of soil erosion, they may think of iconic photos from the Dirty ’30s: towering clouds of black soil blowing across desolate land, teacups turned upside down against drifting grit. But as Francis Zvomuya told the classroom of farmers and … Read More

Aphria posts $128M Q4 sales, promises $1B in revenue by 2020

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Cannabis company Aphria Inc. reported a 75 per cent increase in net revenue compared to the previous quarter, ending the fiscal year, it says, with big plans for the future. Board of directors chair and interim CEO Irwin Simon said in the last six months the Leamington, Ont.-based company and its 1,000 employees have made substantial progress. “It’s a new day … Read More

The possibility of astronaut farmers

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By Jonathan MartinStaff WriterFarms.com Exactly 50 years ago, while commander Neil Armstrong uttered the famous words, “That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind,” Mike Collins, the mission’s command module pilot, sipped on a floating bag of coffee. The coffee, along with the astronauts’ other food and drinks, had travelled with the team around 384,400 km (238,855 miles) … Read More

Dairy Farmers of Canada Receives Unilever’s International Recognition for its Sustainability Practices

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Dairy Farmers of Canada has received the international recognition from Unilever for its commitments towards sustainable milk production practices.  The recognition means Unilever concluded that 100% of milk produced in Canada is sustainably sourced in accordance with their Sustainable Agriculture Code. Unilever is one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies and produces and sells around 400 brands in more than 190 countries to … Read More

Farmers call on agriculture ministers to take action to improve business risk management programs

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The leaders of the Coalition for the Agricultural Growth of Canada are in Quebec City where they await the decision of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture in response to the call launched by farmers that government is taking immediate steps to improve national business risk management (BRM) programs.   The Coalition for Agricultural Growth and its members … Read More

OMAFRA invests in ag research

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The University of Guelph will study possible solutions to crop issues By Diego Flammini The provincial government is investing more than $1 million to help researchers find solutions to crop challenges affecting Ontario producers. Yesterday, OMAFRA announced $1.3 million in funding through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance to the University of Guelph. The money will go towards multiple research projects including … Read More

Increasing U.S. wheat access to Canada

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Canada’s Variety Registration System limits market access, four U.S. Senators said By Diego FlamminiStaff WriterFarms.com Four U.S. politicians are asking the federal government to do more to provide wheat farmers with increased access to the Canadian market. Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven from North Dakota, Tina Smith from Minnesota, and Steve Daines of Montana wrote a letter to Gregg Doud, … Read More

Ottawa announces $8.3M for beef industry amid China standoff

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The Canadian Press Canada’s beef industry is getting $8.3 million in federal funds, the bulk of it aimed at growing its international market reach as a trade standoff with China continues. The money is going to six different projects, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Wednesday during a visit to the Calgary Stampede. The biggest recipient is marketing organization Canada Beef, … Read More