USDA REPORT SINKS CROP PRICES

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Corn, soybean and wheat prices plummeted on Friday as the United States Department of Agriculture delivered some bearish data in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Projections for a record corn yield in the U.S. and a significant boost to the soybean ending stocks had the markets reeling. After the dust settled, corn and wheat suffered … Read More

Showcasing women who farm

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A filmmaker hopes a new documentary will highlight women in ag By Diego Flammini Staff Writer Farms.com An Alberta filmmaker wants to showcase the diversity in the province’s ag industry. Kelsey van Moorsel, pictured above, is one of the producers of Picture A Farmer, a documentary that focuses on women who are taking ownership of the title of farmer. Women have always been … Read More

WATER MANAGEMENT MORE IMPORTANT WITH EXTREME WEATHER

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Ontario Federation of Agriculture Commentary By Jackie Kelly-Pemberton, OFA Director On any given day, farmers are talking about the weather. It dictates what we do across all seasons and dominates our thoughts and conversations as we try to work with or around whatever nature dishes out. And this season has provided plenty of fodder for commenting, comparing and complaining about … Read More

TRADE OR PROTECTIONISM

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Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario Commentary By Paul Bootsma, CFFO Field Services Manager It’s hard to believe that two neighbouring nations with the world’s longest unprotected border are in a trade war. When the US announced in March that it would impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, Canada had no choice but to retaliate. Who wins these standoffs? Somehow, … Read More

USDA ANNOUNCES $12B AID PACKAGE FOR FARMERS

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Sources: United States Department of Agriculture and American Farm Bureau The Trump administration is taking several actions to assist U.S. farmers in response to what it says is trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Announced on July 24, the United States Department of Agriculture will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion … Read More

GOVERNMENT HELPS YOUNG CANADIANS BECOME STEWARDS ON THE FARM

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From a news release The federal government is giving a boost to the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative. During an event in the Wellington area on Saturday, Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield (Guelph), on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, highlighted an investment of $48,000 to Ontario Farmland Trust to hire student interns under the Green Jobs Initiative. … Read More

Precision feeding for swine offers benefits

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Swine herd nutrient requirements and manure nutrient excretions reduced through management practice By Kate Ayers Staff Writer Farms.com Individually formulated diets can reduce swine’s nutritional needs and the nutrient content of manure, a recent Swine Innovation Porc study showed. Scientists are developing the technology to create swine diets that are custom-made for the nutritional needs of each pig in the herd, … Read More

Slow-moving vehicles are subject to a unique speed limit

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By Kaitlynn Anderson Staff Writer Farms.com Farmers may often drive their tractors on roads that hold varying speed limits, such as in 70 km/h or 90 km/h zones. However, operators of farm equipment must abide by different rules of the road than regular traffic. The Highway Traffic Act requires slow-moving vehicle (SMV) signs on all vehicles that cannot reach speeds above … Read More