With the CN strike about to enter day three, the president of the Canadian Propane Association (CPA) says the province of Quebec is about to enter into a crisis situation, with Ontario not far behind. Quebec heavily relies on the the railroad to bring its supply of propane — 83 per cent is transported via…
A new state-of-the-art dairy concentration facility will be built near Lacombe and Red Deer in 2021, with the capacity to accommodate up to 300 million litres of milk per year. The announcement was made this week at the Alberta Dairy Conference held at Edmonton, Alta. The facility is being dubbed Dairy Innovation West (DIW). It will be owned by the…
A new state-of-the-art dairy concentration facility will be built near Lacombe and Red Deer in 2021, with the capacity to accommodate up to 300 million litres of milk per year. The announcement was made this week at the Alberta Dairy Conference held at Edmonton, Alta.
The facility is being dubbed Dairy Innovation West (DIW). It will be owned by the Western Milk Pool (WMP) members and operated by Vitalus Nutrition Inc.
This type of operation is the first of its kind in Canada and will use advanced technology to remove water from raw milk that will create concentrated components required by dairy processors to be used in a variety of dairy products, the company says.
“We are very excited about this new partnership and are looking forward to getting shovels in the ground this spring,” says Henry Holtmann, chairman of the WMP. “This is good news for dairy farmers, dairy processors, and the economy in Western Canada.”
A key priority in building DIW is to reduce the environmental impacts of transporting milk across the four western provinces. According to a news release, the facility will reduce trucking emissions by 50 per cent by reducing the volume.
“Instead of two trucks on the road, there would only be one,” says Alberta Milk chairman Tom Kootstra. “Dairy farmers are always seeking more opportunities to work smarter and continue to be stewards of the land.”
The site itself is 20 acres and there’s room for future expansion.
Shovels will hit the dirt in April 2020, and construction is planned to be completed by March 2021.
Less than 24 hours back in the seat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau is starting off with bang. Bibeau took to Twitter to announce letters will be sent…
Less than 24 hours back in the seat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau is starting off with bang.
Bibeau took to Twitter to announce letters will be sent out today to all eligible Canadian dairy producers. The letter will outline the process for producers to access their compensation which is being administered by the Canadian Dairy Commission.
The Dairy Direct Payment Program comes after the federal government announced $1.75 billion over eight years for dairy producers back in August due to the ratification of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Of that, $345 million will be paid in the first year as direct payments to dairy producers in proportion to their quota.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his new, larger cabinet set to face the many challenges ahead for Canada, including regional disgruntlement, a threatened economy, and trade disruption around the…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his new, larger cabinet set to face the many challenges ahead for Canada, including regional disgruntlement, a threatened economy, and trade disruption around the world. Agriculture is in the middle of all of the these great challenges.
Quebec MP Marie-Claude Bibeau will return as minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, after filling the position in the later part of the last Trudeau government, taking over from Lawrence MacAulay.
“I think Bibeau has some support from agricultural stakeholders based on her genuine approach to learning about the industry in her short time on the file,” says Shaun Haney, host of RealAg Radio.
“Now that Bibeau is familiar with the file, there will be a high expectation from farmers across the country to deal with trade issues, trade disruption compensation, business risk management program and shrinking expectations of farm profitability in the next 12 months.”
Other cabinet portfolio appointments impacting agriculture:
- Finance – Bill Morneau
- Environment and Climate Change – Jonathan Wilkinson
- Foreign Affairs – François-Philippe Champagne
- Deputy Prime Minister – Chrytsia Freeland
- Transport – Marc Garneau
- Trade diversification – Mary Ng
- To note, former trade diversifiction minister Jim Carr, is undergoing cancer treatment. The prime minister has asked Carr to serve as a special representative for the Prairies.
RealAgriculture will have a further breakdown of the cabinet appointments and the impacts for agriculture as the day progresses.
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