Christmas tree shortage sweeps across North America

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By: Regan Hasegawa CHILLIWACK, B.C. — Purchasing a Christmas tree may be a little more challenging this year. That’s because of a shortage across North America. The lack of supply appears to be hitting retail stores the hardest, with many already sold out. But Business was still booming at Pine Meadows Tree Farm in Chilliwack, B.C., Sunday morning. Former owner … Read More

Farmers eager to get harvest back on track

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End of CN strike means grain farmers can finally get propane needed to dry crops By: Darren Major Grain farmers in eastern Ontario and western Quebec say they’re relieved the week-long CN Rail strike has come to an end, and are hoping to resume the harvest as soon as they’re resupplied with the propane they need to dry their crops. “[It’s] an absolute great relief we’ll … Read More

Grain growers set to make case in Ottawa for urgent end to CN strike

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By: Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canadian farmers and producers are descending on Ottawa to press the case for urgent action to end the Canadian National Railway Co. rail strike now entering its second week. This afternoon, grain growers will hold a press conference in the national capital to outline how the shutdown is impacting their industry, which is already struggling … Read More

Grain producers are seeking support after weather decimated harvests

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The Canadian Press Staff LONGUEUIL — The early arrival of snow has added to a tough season for grain producers across the province who are now asking to sit down with the CAQ government to figure out how to cover their losses. Benoit Legault, General Manager of the Producteurs de grains du Québec (PGQ), which represents about 10,500 farmers, reported their … Read More

OMAFRA Begins Lean Agriculture Initiative

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 by Robyn Garvey Local farmers are encouraged to consider participating in an OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs) pilot project. The goal is to improve productivity and cut costs. Lean Process Improvements have been a dominant methodology in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries for years, successfully helping to identify forms of waste, increase productivity and efficiency as well to … Read More

Canada Canola and Pork Councils Continue to Negotiate with China

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By: Allie Ruckman Is Canada’s relationship with China starting to thaw? There’s word this week from both the Canola Growers Association and the Canadian Pork Council, that face to face meetings were recently held with officials in China. Earlier this year, China banned the import of canola seed from Canada, and later beef and pork. To this point, efforts to meet … Read More

The possibility of astronaut farmers

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By Jonathan Martin 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) from … Read More

Agriculture support programs inadequate in new trade environment

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Agriculture groups are concerned existing programs won’t measure up while other countries pile billions into support for their farmers By Jennifer Betzner, John Greig Farm leaders are worried the current suite of government risk management programs are ill-prepared to help Ontario farmers through tough times brought on by trade wars. Solid farm income over the past decade means reference margins will really … Read More