Month: October 2017

RealAg Radio, Oct 31: Three farmers walk into a panel conversation…

Happy Halloween! What ag-inspired pumpkin carvings are you working on? Today, on the show: Top Ag News – Richardson continues expansion through acquisition of ten retail outlets in Western Canada; India’s desire for self-sufficiency isn’t as easy as they’ll have world believe; CFIA makes changes to labeling rules on pork; CTV’s story on cattle dying… Read more »

Meat label policy changed, a step closer to opening pork access to EU

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has made a change to its labeling rules for packers that moves the Canadian pork industry a step closer to benefitting from the Canada-European Union trade agreement. A change to the CFIA Manual of Procedures will now allow packers to apply EU health mark labels after meat has been… Read more »

McDonald’s to source chickens raised with ‘improved welfare outcomes’

McDonald’s has announced that they are “elevating [their] global commitment to source chickens raised with improved welfare outcomes”. It’s a topic that has been on the company’s radar for decades, according to Bruce Feinberg, senior director at McDonald’s, responsible for Global Quality Systems for chicken, beef, pork, fish and dairy products. “Shortly after I joined McDonald’s in… Read more »

Richardson acquiring CHS Canada’s 10 retail outlets

Richardson International has reached a deal to acquire CHS Canada’s 10 crop input retail outlets in Western Canada. The deal signals the exit of the American farmer-owned co-op from the crop retail business on the Canadian prairies, after entering with the acquisition of independent retailer DynAgra Corp in 2012. “CHS is grateful to the growers… Read more »

Manitoba ag minister on carbon tax: “If we say no, we’ll get Trudeau”

Despite major concerns from the farm community, Manitoba’s agriculture minister says the provincial government was left with no choice but to move forward with implementing a carbon tax. “If we say no, then we’ll get Trudeau,” says Ralph Eichler in the interview below, referring to the Prime Minister’s national carbon price mandate. Eichler joined us… Read more »

Backtracking on tax changes — what Ottawa’s updates mean for farmers

The dust is starting to settle after Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s flurry of announcements backtracking on the federal government’s proposed small business tax changes. Now that the news conferences are over and we’ve had a few days to analyze the changes to the changes, how will the updates affect farm businesses? First of all, we… Read more »

Growing food soybean demand fueling Sevita

What will the identity preserved (IP) soybean market look like in 10 years? Sevita International’s new CEO Don Rees believes the market will double over the next decade and he feels that’s a conservative estimate. Grabbing a larger piece of that growing IP pie will be one of Rees’ goals as he takes the reins… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 30: Inoculant options, pricey pickups and mind-blowing yields

Happy Agronomic Monday! Today, on the show: Top Ag News – Kelvin’s Hot Picks; CN Railway and Norfolk Southern working together on a “joint interline service” to help congestion in Chicago; another rough week for Minister of Finance Bill Morneau; former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s criticism of the current government; the impact of trade (or… Read more »

Livestock disease winging its way north as climate warms

Flying, biting midges (Culicoides spp.) — sometimes called no-see-ums — are a scourge to wildlife. Hunters recognize their effects on deer in particular, which are highly susceptibility to a group of midge-transmitted viruses. But there are growing concerns about their potential effect on livestock, too. Here’s why. A midge swarm will blood-feed on animals, causing… Read more »

What is the right amount of on-farm grain storage?

Can you have too much grain storage on farm? Is on-farm grain storage a trap to procrastinate in marketing your crop? Depending on where you farm, what’s the ideal amount of grain storage relative to your annual crop production? On-farm grain storage has always been a necessity on the prairies, but capacity is growing in… Read more »

Soybean School: Putting the pinch on cyst nematode

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) continues to spread across Ontario. The yield-robbing pest was first discovered in the southwest of the province in 1988 and continues to expand north and eastward. OMAFRA plant pathologist Albert Tenuta encourages all growers to take a close look at their soybean fields to determine whether the pest is present. SCN… Read more »

Western Roots – Zajic Farms

Western Financial Group recognizes the value that farmers have in our everyday lives and the impact they have in their local communities.  They want to share more about what farmers do for each and every one of us and share their unique and personal stories. For their first video profile, they present Ryan and Kathy… Read more »

Saputo to buy largest Australia milk processor

Montreal-based Canadian dairy company Saputo has reached a deal to buy Murray Goulburn Co-operative — Australia’s largest milk processor — in a deal worth $1.3 billion, including the Australian company’s debt. Debt aside, the deal is reportedly worth around $488 million. Murray Goulburn produces a full range of dairy products, including milk, milk powder, cheese,… Read more »

Grains squeaking out gains — This week in the grain markets

Grain markets had a mostly down week as a stronger U.S. dollar (up 1.2% for the week) weighed on futures markets. However, with the Canadian dollar dropping 1.45% to below 78 cents USD, this meant cash grain prices in Canada improved a bit, especially in canola, flax, and wheat. While canola futures prices on the… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 27: Winter forecast, lower loonie, & small business tax backtracking

Friday’s edition of RealAg Radio: Saskatchewan harvest report, with yield estimates, including a average soybean yield in the teens (that’s going to have to climb if acres are supposed to reach anticipated levels); Manitoba’s government rolls out its anticipated carbon pricing plan; Anne Wasko discusses the rally in live cattle futures on the Beef Market… Read more »