Showcasing women who farm

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A filmmaker hopes a new documentary will highlight women in ag By Diego Flammini Staff Writer Farms.com An Alberta filmmaker wants to showcase the diversity in the province’s ag industry. Kelsey van Moorsel, pictured above, is one of the producers of Picture A Farmer, a documentary that focuses on women who are taking ownership of the title of farmer. Women have always been … Read More

WATER MANAGEMENT MORE IMPORTANT WITH EXTREME WEATHER

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Ontario Federation of Agriculture Commentary By Jackie Kelly-Pemberton, OFA Director On any given day, farmers are talking about the weather. It dictates what we do across all seasons and dominates our thoughts and conversations as we try to work with or around whatever nature dishes out. And this season has provided plenty of fodder for commenting, comparing and complaining about … Read More

TRADE OR PROTECTIONISM

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Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario Commentary By Paul Bootsma, CFFO Field Services Manager It’s hard to believe that two neighbouring nations with the world’s longest unprotected border are in a trade war. When the US announced in March that it would impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, Canada had no choice but to retaliate. Who wins these standoffs? Somehow, … Read More

USDA ANNOUNCES $12B AID PACKAGE FOR FARMERS

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Sources: United States Department of Agriculture and American Farm Bureau The Trump administration is taking several actions to assist U.S. farmers in response to what it says is trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Announced on July 24, the United States Department of Agriculture will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion … Read More

GOVERNMENT HELPS YOUNG CANADIANS BECOME STEWARDS ON THE FARM

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From a news release The federal government is giving a boost to the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative. During an event in the Wellington area on Saturday, Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield (Guelph), on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, highlighted an investment of $48,000 to Ontario Farmland Trust to hire student interns under the Green Jobs Initiative. … Read More

Precision feeding for swine offers benefits

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Swine herd nutrient requirements and manure nutrient excretions reduced through management practice By Kate Ayers Staff Writer Farms.com Individually formulated diets can reduce swine’s nutritional needs and the nutrient content of manure, a recent Swine Innovation Porc study showed. Scientists are developing the technology to create swine diets that are custom-made for the nutritional needs of each pig in the herd, … Read More

Slow-moving vehicles are subject to a unique speed limit

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By Kaitlynn Anderson Staff Writer Farms.com Farmers may often drive their tractors on roads that hold varying speed limits, such as in 70 km/h or 90 km/h zones. However, operators of farm equipment must abide by different rules of the road than regular traffic. The Highway Traffic Act requires slow-moving vehicle (SMV) signs on all vehicles that cannot reach speeds above … Read More

Mustard can help with pest control

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P.E.I. potato farmers are incorporating more mustard into crop rotations By Diego Flammini Staff Writer Farms.com Mustard on some Prince Edward Island farms is helping give future potato crops a head start. Farmers are increasingly adding mustard to their crop rotations. Local farmers planted about 15,000 acres of mustard in 2016, and it appears they will seed a similar acreage this … Read More

OFA OUTLINES PRIORITIES TO NEW PROVINCIAL MINISTERS

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Ontario Federation of Agriculture Commentary By Peggy Brekveld, OFA Vice President As the new PC government sits at Queen’s Park for the first time, the Premier is expected to provide direction to each new cabinet member about the priorities for their ministry. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has crafted its own priority recommendations to key cabinet ministers as its … Read More