Ont. pumpkin farmers happy with crop

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By: Diego Flammini Ontario pumpkin growers are pleased with how their yields are looking this year. Growers produce pumpkin and squash across 4,248 acres throughout the province, the 2016 Census of Agriculture said. Farms.com connected with some pumpkin producers to discuss the crop and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed family pumpkin-picking experiences. Paul Brooks usually plants around 25 acres … Read More

Fall Forage Management Tips

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By Mark Sulc Fall is a great time to take care of some very important aspects for managing forage hay fields and pastures. Below is a list of things that when done in the fall can help avoid big headaches this winter and next spring or even next summer. One of the most important things to do now is to … Read More

GGC releases ‘Speech from the Combine’

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By Diego Flammini A Canadian ag organization has released what it would like to see Governor General Julie Payette mention in Wednesday’s throne speech. Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) published its ‘Speech from the Combine’ on Monday to demonstrate how agriculture can be part of Canada’s recovery from COVID-19, said Jeff Nielsen, the president of GGC. “Agriculture is poised to help … Read More

Bunge buys into canola, pea protein maker Merit

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Agribusiness giant takes quarter stake in processor By: Dave Bedard One of the world’s biggest grain companies is getting in on a processing facility under construction in Winnipeg to extract plant-based proteins from canola and peas. Winnipeg-based Merit Functional Foods announced Thursday it has received a $30 million “capital investment” from Bunge, giving the U.S. grain firm a “minority interest” … Read More

McDonald’s Canada recommits to Canadian beef

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By Diego Flammini McDonald’s Canada is once again preparing to source all its beef from Canadian farms starting next month. John Betts, president and CEO of McDonald’s Canada and its 1,400 Canadian locations, made the announcement during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference last week. “As of September, we are going back to 100 per cent Canadian beef,” he said during the … Read More

Ford visits Chatham-Kent, announces funding for farmers

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By: Trevor Wilhelm Sporting a fresh haircut from a Leamington barbershop, Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday he is boosting Ontario’s risk management funding by $50 million a year to help farmers get through the economic devastation of COVID-19. Ford, who toured parts of Essex County and Chatham-Kent, said the province is accelerating a campaign promise to top up the Risk … Read More

Arbitrary Fees Imposed by Large Grocery Retailers Will Cost Canadian Consumers and Impact Canada’s Food Security

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(Ottawa) August 6th, 2020 – The latest round of fees introduced by large grocery retailers on their suppliers has attracted coverage in the news media over the past week (for examples, see here and here).  This is occurring at a time when farmers and food and beverage processors are already facing a complex web of arbitrary fees and penalties in their relationships with … Read More

Risky Weeds in Risky Times

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By Christine Gelley Farming is truly risky business. Every moment of every day on the farm holds inherent risk. The main duties of the farm manager in any sector are to identify, evaluate, and mitigate risk. All the little steps of risk mitigation add up to make a big difference that we can’t always see, but can still save us … Read More

World’s largest cricket processing plant coming to London, Ont.

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Aspire farms processes crickets into all-natural, sustainable, superfood ingredients By: Aly Lancione London, Ont. will soon be home to the world’s largest indoor cricket farm. Aspire Food Group, a global industry leader in the production of edible insects, will soon build a 100,000-square-foot plant that will bring bugs, as food, to the North American market. The new facility will be … Read More