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

Top data trends for Agribusiness in 2019

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Source : Proagrica As another year passes, business leaders are wise to examine their current operations and consider their position in the marketplace. 2019 will undoubtedly see further emergence of new data technologies. Businesses that adapt are well-placed to use these technologies in order to thrive – businesses that do not or are slow to react are likely to face mounting … Read More

Hay shortage impacting farmers across northwestern Ontario

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A beef farmer in Emo, Ont. says a lack of hay is causing concerns for many farmers right across northwestern Ontario.  Kim Jo Bliss, who also works for the University of Guelph, at the research station in Emo, said the hay situation could be a lot better.  Bliss said she has been hearing from farmers from Dryden and Thunder Bay … Read More

Government pushes China for canola evidence, mulling aid for farmers

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OTTAWA – The federal government says it is considering subsidizing farmers hit by China’s $2-billion ban on Canadian canola imports, and is pushing the People’s Republic to prove recent shipments were in fact contaminated.  Two federal cabinet ministers and a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday the government is looking at financial options to help farmers.  “I am … Read More

Major Announcements from The Canadian Federation of Agriculture

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Ottawa, March 20th – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) pleased with several key announcements in the Federal Budget that recognized many of the CFA’s pre-budget submission recommendations. “We will also be working closely with the federal government on areas noted in the budget that have been earmarked for consultative review,” noted CFA President Mary Robinson. “Overall, it appears this budget … Read More

Freeze-thaw cycle expected to hurt winter wheat

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Farms.com The wild weather that has hit the region during the last few weeks, coupled with a late start to the fall planting season, has area farmers concerned about the outlook for this year’s winter wheat crops.  “If I had to make a guess, I would absolutely say there will be some acres of winter wheat that will have to … Read More