Year: 2014

Be Proud of What You Do & What You Produce — Ted Menzies Talks Leadership on the Farm

How has farming changed? Put another way, how have expectations of farmers changed? Significantly, says CropLife Canada president and CEO Ted Menzies. And, what’s more, farmers are rising to the challenge. Real Agriculture’s Shaun Haney sat down with Menzies at the recent Grow Canada Conference held at Ottawa, Ontario, earlier this month, to talk about… Read more »

New Dean Named for University of Manitoba’s Ag Faculty

The University of Manitoba has announced the appointment of Dr. Karin Wittenberg as the new Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The first female dean in the faculty’s history, Wittenberg is a professor in the Department of Animal Science and had served as Acting Dean since Dr. Michael Trevan stepped down in July…. Read more »

Canola School: Getting a Handle on Where Clubroot Exists

With clubroot disease showing up in fields east of Alberta over the last few years, there’s work underway in Manitoba to survey the entire canola-growing region of the province for the presence of clubroot spores. So far, spores or symptoms have been found in 13 fields in 10 rural municipalities in Manitoba. Spore concentrations in… Read more »

British Columbians Still Enjoying Eggs, Chicken and Turkey Through Avian Flu Outbreak

The number of people in British Columbia enjoying chicken or turkey for a Christmas dinner this week likely won’t be impacted by the outbreak of avian influenza in the province, according to survey results released by Chicken Farmers of Canada on behalf of the poultry and egg industries today. The results show that British Columbians realize the… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks West — Ep. 20: Looking Ahead by Taking Stock: Research Capacity in Western Canada

What do you think is the largest opportunity for agronomic research in Western Canada? What are the biggest holdups? What’s the capacity now and going forward? These are big questions, and questions that deserve an answer. Until recently, though, many discussions about the future of agronomic research in Western Canada stopped at the question of… Read more »

Santa Baby, Slip a Wrench Set Under the Tree, For Me

There comes a time in every farmer’s life when they must sit down and write a letter to Santa. Whether it’s for a shiny new combine, a quarter of good land or maybe decent twine, Santa’s elves can totally get that for you — if you’re willing to sing. And so, on a cold winter’s… Read more »

Help Consumers With Their Problems, Before They Become Yours

Venture capitalist Dave McClure made his mark in the branding world when he noted customers don’t care about your solutions, they care about their problems. Reflecting back then on the year that’s passing, as well as thinking towards the one ahead, it made me wonder if McClure’s approach might work for the agri-food sector, too,… Read more »

A FarmTech ’15 Preview: All About the Bees

From 2013 to 2014, Canada has seen increases in beekeepers, colonies, honey production and value, according to Statistics Canada data. This has the country in a very good position in the industry, says Lee Townsend. Townsend is a commercial beekeeper from Stony Plain, Alberta, and a speaker at the upcoming FarmTech Conference in Edmonton. His talk will… Read more »

China Approves Corn GM Traits, Russia Bumps Interest Rates & a Railway Gets Fined — Markets in Review

Global markets were blindsided by Russia in the third week of December as Moscow raised its key interest rates to a shocking 17 per cent, up significantly from the 10.5 per cent level they had been just raised to a few days earlier. Why the rate increase? The ruble has been free-falling this year with… Read more »

Catching Up With The Ag Minister — Gerry Ritz Looks Back At ’14 and Ahead to ’15

Whether it was the rail transportation fiasco in Western Canada, the ongoing country-of-origin labeling dispute with the U.S., the Canada-E.U. trade deal, UPOV ’91, bee health, the Canadian Wheat Board…the list goes on — 2014 was another eventful and exciting year in Canadian agriculture. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz joined RealAg’s Kelvin Heppner to look back at what… Read more »

Grain Farmers of Ontario Urges “Alternative Solution” to OMAFRA Regarding Neonic Regulations

Grain Farmers of Ontario met December 18, 2014, with government representatives to ask the provincial government to abandon the proposed seed treatment regulations and, instead, “support an approach that will work for the complexities of both grain farming and bee keeping.” “Family farmers need your commitment to agriculture now,” says GFO of the provincial government,… Read more »

Managing Manure to Prevent the Spread of PEDv

In May of 2013 the United States Department of Agriculture notified the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in a small number of swine herds in the States. By January 2014, the virus had crossed the border, with the first case of PED confirmed on a farm in… Read more »

CWB Directors Knew Assets Bought With Farmers’ Money Would Become Crown Property: Former CWB Director

Guest editorial by Henry Vos, a former Canadian Wheat Board director from Alberta. Editor’s note: This week the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, a group that includes some former CWB directors, applied to have the Supreme Court hear their appeal to move ahead with a class action lawsuit against the federal government. The $17… Read more »

This Week on Real Ag — Russia, Railways and Reeling Cattle Futures — December 18

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and down with a crash Came feeder cattle futures and Russia’s cash. CN charged too much to move grain by rail, And we laughed ’cause people got BS in the mail. Here’s TWORA for December 18th, 2014: Related: Happy Holidays from the RealAg Crew to You The Seedpod — Ep…. Read more »

Kemptville & Alfred Campus Reports Released; Options For Alfred Abound, Not So for Kemptville

The future of the University of Guelph’s Kemptville and Alfred campuses are one step closer to being decided, as government-requested reports on their feasibility have been completed. The full report contains several recommendations for the Alfred campus, but ends with only one feasible option for Kemptville’s future: “(It is recommended) the Government of Ontario enter… Read more »