Productivity gains outpace steep rise in agricultural energy use since 1990

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Dan Healing, The Canadian Press   Third-generation farmer Ron Lamb remembers his father pulling six-metre-wide crop-seeding equipment around his southern Alberta grain fields in the 1990s, overlapping on each pass to make sure he covered all the ground. “When my dad was seeding the soil, he was using a 20-foot-wide piece of machinery and he was eyeballing or judging how much … Read More

Wet spring, wet soils, and wet hay…what should a dry hay producer do?

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By Philip Kaatz  Farmers who want to produce dry hay will be faced with the challenge of wetter than normal conditions due to the increased rainfall during the spring. The methods and principles for getting hay dry have not changed in the past decade or two, however, our weather patterns have changed. Unfortunately, it’s not for the better. Storms now have … Read More

CFA calls for changes to government’s farmer aid programs amid trade disruptions

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OTTAWA – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture wants immediate changes to Canada’s programs to protect farmers from income and production losses amid ongoing trade disruptions. The group says trade issues and erratic weather have negatively affected farmer incomes this year, and changes to the government’s business risk management programs are needed to respond to the changing environment. It highlights the … Read More

Cdn. beef gains increased access to Japan

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By Diego FlamminiFarms.com Japan has further opened its trade borders to Canadian beef. On Tuesday, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr announced that Japan will immediately allow imports of beef cattle older than 30 months of age. Japanese restrictions on the age of Canadian beef imports have been in place since 2005, after the … Read More

Alberta beef producers carefully watch Beyond Meat veggie burger complaint

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Rachel Ward · CBC News Beef producers in Alberta are carefully watching an ongoing complaint from their Quebec counterparts. The complaint’s target? American veggie burger company Beyond Meat.  The company swept into Canada earlier this year, advertising a plant-based, meatless burger that mimics beef. It was first sold, to great fanfare, at A&W fast food restaurants and is now available at various grocery chains. The … Read More

First Ever online 50/50 Draw in Ontario Set to Benefit the Urology Program at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance!

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Link here! Proceeds from the “Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser” will support the purchase of a new holmium laser, a key piece of equipment for the planned Urology Program at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. In addition to being essential in urology for the treatment of such ailments as tumors, BPH (a benign, non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate) and for breaking down kidney … Read More

Canadian Federation of Agriculture implores Ottawa to end China trade troubles

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Kevin Yarr · CBC News · Posted: May 10, 2019 12:38 PM AT The federal government needs to find a way to end the trade dispute with China over canola exports, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture says. China has banned two major Canadian canola exporters, claiming they found dangerous pests in shipments, which has limited export opportunities. Canada sold $2.7 billion worth of canola … Read More

Ont. growers support local schools

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By Jonathan Martin Ontario’s Fresh from the Farm school fundraiser is accepting submissions for 2019’s programming. Through this program, farmers sell produce to their local schools. The products are bundled with fruits and vegetables from other growers. Students secure bundle orders, which are delivered to their schools’ gyms for pickup. The participating school makes 40 per cent of the revenue. … Read More

Alta. ag minister weighs in on China

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The federal government must find a resolution, Devin Dreeshen said By Diego Flammini The Chinese government’s decision to suspend imports of Canadian pork is troubling, Alberta’s newly appointed ag minister said. China started blocking pork imports originating from Olymel LP and Drummond Export on Wednesday because of incorrect labeling. Canada must regain full access to the Chinese market, said Devin Dreeshen. “Market … Read More