Month: November 2015

Perspectives From Friday’s Bill 6 Rally in Edmonton

Rallies continued in Alberta today, with many farmers and ranchers asking the NDP government to slow or halt Bill 6 – The Enhancement of Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers Act. “Alberta is the only province where OHS legislation does not apply to farms and ranches,” according to the Alberta Government’s FAQ page. “Alberta’s farm and ranch… Read more »

New 4R Designation for Ontario CCAs

Next August, Ontario Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) will have an opportunity to write an exam that will grant them a new 4R Nutrient Management Certification. The new certification will be based on the 4R nutrient best management practice philosophy – Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place – and is designed to enhance CCAs’… Read more »

Alberta Crop Commissions Call for More Consultation on Bill 6, Urge Farmers to Engage

Alberta’s crop commissions have joined forces in urging the provincial government to delay the implementation of its new farm safety and labour legislation to further consult with farmers. “The current government process is causing fear and uncertainty to grasp the industry. Farmers can provide good input and are the subject matter experts on what will… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Pruning Trees from the Tractor Seat, Courtesy of Fliegl

It may have been the scariest machine at Agritechnica, but Fliegl’s three-blade pruning machine offers a level of comfort far above that of our pruning sheers. That’s because the implement attaches to the loader arm of a tractor, eliminating the need to dodge falling branches, spiders and wasp nests. Don’t Miss Our Next TechTour LIVE… Read more »

Women Take Charge in Agricultural Co-op Café Femenino

Women are looking for new opportunities in agriculture – in production, leadership and business, among them. When this search extends beyond Canada’s borders, the commodities may change. But the principles are the same, including equality, participation and recognition. Take Peru, for example, where coffee is a very popular commodity. Coffee production there everywhere else is… Read more »

Fed Up With Vegan Spam

When we were kids, SPAM wasn’t a big meal item for us – but we did have it once in a while and I always loved a good SPAM sandwich. How taste buds change. I can’t handle the stuff anymore. I also am getting fed up with the spam that supposed animal rights activists are… Read more »

Farmers Saddle Up to Alberta Legislature to Protest Bill 6

Farmers and ranchers made their way to the Alberta Legislature today, to voice opposition to Bill 6. Their concerns were largely centred around the loss of a ‘lifestyle,’ and the ‘family farm,’ should the bill move forward. The rally was organized on Facebook, with another planned for Monday. Related:  Alberta Labour Minister’s Perspective on Bill 6 –… Read more »

Cold Surprises — This Week in the Markets

The grains market continued to trade through the U.S. Thanksgiving week a bit quieter (par for the course) against a stronger U.S. dollar, but ended the week a bit higher thanks to some decent U.S. export sales for corn and soybeans. All things being equal, global trade continues to be encouraged by low ocean freight… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: John Deere’s New ProCut Technology Heads Home with a Gold Medal in Innovation

John Deere’s new ProCut technology won the company a gold medal in innovation at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany this year. The technology revolves around sensors incorporated in the shearbar on self-propelled forage harvesters. Don’t Miss Our Next TechTour LIVE – Register Today! “The ProCut really is on-the-go measurement of the condition of the knife, and… Read more »

Canola School: Ignoring the Outlier Growing Season

We’ve focused a lot of attention on the site over this year’s unusual growing conditions, and we’ve heard a lot of producers comment on surprising yields at harvest. “We went through May and June with record drought in many parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan,” says Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Murray Hartman in the following video,… Read more »

End of an Era at Agribition

There’s a sense of nostalgia in the cattle barns at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina this year. 2015 marks the last year for the old barns on the Agribition grounds — buildings that are filled with memories made over the 45-year history of Canada’s largest livestock show. A total of 13 structures, including the auditorium… Read more »

Alberta Labour Minister’s Perspective on Bill 6 – Hon. Lori Sigurdson

Last week, the Alberta government announced the introduction of Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranchers Workers Act.  Farmers have engaged in a hefty amount of debate on the new legislation.  As the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour states in the interview below, “this is a complex bill.” Read: Farm Safety Tradition is… Read more »

TWORA — Old Cattle Barns, Autonomous Tractors and Outstanding Farmers — Nov 26

Agribition, Alberta’s proposed farm labour rules, a new atmosphere in Ottawa, a driverless tractor and another farm tragedy — here’s this week’s Canadian ag news wrap-up from Regina: Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Round or Square, Highline’s CFR960 Bale Pro Don’t Care

Highline’s new CFR960 Bale Pro was on display at Agritrade this year, garnering attention for its ability to process both round and square bales with the simple turn of a selector valve near the back of the machine. According to Highline, the 960 can process a 4′ x 4′ x 8’6″‘ bale in around one… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: What Does This Machine Do – Ep3

What has two wheels and a 2 meter fan on an 8 meter lift? Our third riddle, all the way from Hanover, Germany: Don’t Miss TechTour LIVE – Register Today! Related: Agritechnica 2015: What Does This Machine Do? – Ep 2 TechTour: The Future is Now With the Greenbot Driverless Tractor     Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read more »