Increasing U.S. wheat access to Canada

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Canada’s Variety Registration System limits market access, four U.S. Senators said By Diego FlamminiStaff WriterFarms.com Four U.S. politicians are asking the federal government to do more to provide wheat farmers with increased access to the Canadian market. Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven from North Dakota, Tina Smith from Minnesota, and Steve Daines of Montana wrote a letter to Gregg Doud, … Read More

Ottawa announces $8.3M for beef industry amid China standoff

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The Canadian Press Canada’s beef industry is getting $8.3 million in federal funds, the bulk of it aimed at growing its international market reach as a trade standoff with China continues. The money is going to six different projects, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Wednesday during a visit to the Calgary Stampede. The biggest recipient is marketing organization Canada Beef, … Read More

Irrigation Provides Option for Nitrogen Application Following Late Wet Spring

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Irrigated crop production has the advantage of fertigation as an option in nitrogen management. Fertigation is the process of applying fertilizer through irrigation water. Liquid 28% nitrogen is the most common product for applied through irrigation. Fertigation must be applied only when using the proper equipment. Fertigation allows producers to evaluate nitrogen loss due to wet conditions or heavy rains, … Read More

Meat industry groups concerned over China import ban, working with government

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The Canadian Press China’s sudden ban on Canadian beef and pork imports “will create a huge financial loss” for the sector that counts the Asian country among its top five international markets, says an industry group. “It’s everybody, right. It’s the whole value chain,” said Chris White, president of the Canadian Meat Council. Farmers sell their product to packers and … Read More

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