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

Considerations for 2019 Wheat Planting

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By Andy Michel, Laura Lindsey.et.al  With the autumn rapidly approaching, wheat planting is likely to begin soon. Planting after the Hessian fly free date remains the best chance to avoid issues with insects and diseases, as well as helping ensure good agronomic quality.  Some benefits of the fly free date:  Hessian Fly: Adults of the Hessian fly lay eggs in emerging … Read More

The Ontario government lost $42M selling cannabis in the last year

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The Canadian Press Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents. The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019. However, Ontario’s consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario … Read More

Canada takes its canola case against China to WTO

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International Trade Minister Jim Carr continues to back Canada’s food inspection system By: Mike Blanchfield  Canada has requested a formal meeting with China before the World Trade Organization to resolve a Chinese ban on Canadian canola shipments. International Trade Minister Jim Carr announced Friday that Canada is seeking a bilateral consultation at the WTO because the two sides have been … Read More