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

Federal government increases Advanced Payment Program cap; increases interest-free portion for canola producers

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The federal government has increased the Advanced Payment Program cap from $400,000 to $1,000,0000 for all producers  in an effort to help farmers in the face of current trade issues with China. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced several changes to the Advanced Payments Program at a press conference Wednesday morning. “Canada’s farmers should know that we always … Read More

Plant-based eating goes mainstream as Beyond Meat targets Canadian grocery shelves

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Pete Evans · CBC News · Posted: Apr 27, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: April 27 A California company that was overwhelmed by demand for its meatless fast food burger is hoping to capitalize on the rising trend of vegetarianism and sell directly to Canadian grocery stores starting now. Founded a decade ago in California, Beyond Meat first captured the attention of Canadians … Read More

Detoxifying DON in corn

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By Diego FlamminiStaff WriterFarms.com Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researchers have made a discovery that can help corn producers manage grain contaminated with vomitoxin (DON). Dr. Ting Zhou and a team of scientists helped find a new species of the bacteria Devosia mutans from an Ontario alfalfa field. Within the bacteria are two enzymes that make DON non-toxic. This discovery … Read More

Ag in Ontario’s budget

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The provincial budget dropped OMAFRA spending By Diego FlamminiFarms.com To help restore fiscal balance by 2023-24, the Conservative government cut funding for some ministries – including OMAFRA – in Friday’s budget. OMAFRA’s spending allotment drops from $1.06 billion in 2018-2019 to about $839 million in 2019-2020, the budget says. The cut in the provincial ag budget is displeasing, said Keith Currie, … Read More