Year: 2017

AgriTalk – A Canadian invasion to discuss trade breakdown

RealAg’s Shaun Haney had the chance to be the guest host on AgriTalk, the leading U.S. agriculture radio program, filling in for Mike Adams on Thursday. With all the issues surrounding NAFTA, it was an opportunity for the American audience to hear the issues and opinions through a Canadian lens. Guests included Graham Lloyd of… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 19: Canola markets, BASF’s big purchase, and words that describe Trudeau

Today’s episode of the show begins with host Shaun Haney sharing some feedback from farmers on whether or not Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland is dropping the ball on North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Also in the show: Top Ag News – Young rancher James Hargrave loses his life in firefighting efforts, Finance… Read more »

Soy Canada names Davidson as new executive director

Soy Canada has announced Ron Davidson will be the association’s next executive director. Davidson will begin his role in Soy Canada’s Ottawa office on November 1, taking over from interim executive director Dale Adolphe, following Jim Everson’s departure to become the president of the Canola Council of Canada in spring. “We are thrilled to have… Read more »

Soybean School: Is doubling up against herbicide resistance worth the risk?

For OMAFRA weed specialist Mike Cowbrough there are three fundamentals when it comes to weed control in soybeans. The first thing growers need to remember is weeds that emerge before and with the crop have the greatest yield impact. Number two on his list is the need to keep the crop weed-free up to the… Read more »

Liberals drop capital gains plans in latest damage control attempt

With a tractor and bales as a backdrop, Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the latest in a series of political damage control announcements regarding the Liberals’ proposed tax changes on Thursday morning. Facing serious conflict-of-interest and ethics questions about his own finances, Morneau left Ottawa to make the announcement with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay at… Read more »

Shining light on Wynne’s creative hydro accounting

As an Ontario election approaches, provincial Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk is making it difficult for the Liberal government to wash away its legacy of energy policy gaffs. Earlier this week, Lysyk released a Special Report looking at the accounting methods of Kathleen Wynne’s provincial government. Quite simply, she says the Liberal government’s approach “creates concerns of… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 18: Cutting hay, calibrating monitors and harvesting corn

In this episode of The Word, host Peter Johnson takes us through this week’s crop notes, and questions around cereals, hay, weed control and poor crops. Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in? Leave him a message at 1-844-540-2014, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 18: Reactions to tax tweaks and NAFTA woes

With all the talk around the recent North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, there’s a lot of talk around how the Canadian agriculture industry might never be on the same page. Host Shaun Haney disputes this in his introduction, suggesting we have far more in common than not. Also in today’s episode: Top Ag… Read more »

What does BASF’s acquisition of Liberty and InVigor business mean for Canada?

It’s the spinoff that many people in the North American ag market have been waiting for. In Bayer’s conquest of Monsanto, the concentration of trait and variety market share in crops like cotton and canola was deemed to be unfair for a competitive balance. Given Bayer’s strong presence in the Canadian canola seed market, the… Read more »

Gay Lea Foods heads further west with acquisition of Alberta Cheese

Ontario-based Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited announced it’s agreement to acquire the shares of Alberta Cheese Company Ltd. this week, effective October 13, 2017. Alberta Cheese was founded in 1976 by Frank Talarico, and remained in the family name for fourty years. “Today’s announcement represents an exciting next chapter for Alberta Cheese, as my family’s… Read more »

Extreme winds wreak havoc across southern prairies

Extreme winds caused fires to burn out of control, destroying several farmyards and prompting evacuations in multiple communities in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan on Tuesday and into Wednesday. There was also tragedy, as a volunteer firefighter died fighting a wildfire near Hilda, AB. Cypress County confirmed James Hargrave of the Walsh Fire Department died in… Read more »

Big plans for Ontario hazelnuts

Both the federal and Ontario governments are betting on the future of the province’s fledgling hazelnut industry. Last week, both levels of government announced support for the industry, which plans to have 25,000 acres of hazelnut trees in the province by 2027. Ontario Hazelnut Association project coordinator Andrew Nixon notes that the Ontario industry traces… Read more »

Liberals announce $50,000 threshold on passive investment income

Finance Minister Bill Morneau made a second announcement regarding changes to the Liberals’ small business tax proposal on Wednesday, focusing on the passive investment income policy. He said the government will allow up to $50,000 in passive income in a year before higher tax rates kick in to provide flexibility for business owners who want… Read more »

On NAFTA: the U.S. is not negotiating, it’s making demands

As round four of the NAFTA talks comes to a close, you have to wonder why it took the U.S. this long to finally come around to the stiff demands laid out in round four. From auto to dairy, the U.S. provided a list of demands that Canada and Mexico have described as unacceptable, and,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 17: NAFTA demands, sideways markets and awkward federal communications

Host Shaun Haney starts off the show suggesting the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — like Flames vs Oilers — is a marathon, not a sprint. Also in this Tuesday episode of RealAg Radio: Kelvin’s Hot Picks (spoiler alert: not so hot). Top Ag News – Tax change carrot offered by the Liberals, major… Read more »