Year: 2017

Canadian Wheat Research Coalition announces first executive

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) announced today that it has elected its first executive. The inaugural executive is as follows: Chair: Terry Young, a farmer from Lacombe, Alberta, and director with the Alberta Wheat Commission. Vice-Chair: Laura Reiter, a farmer from Radisson, SK, and director with the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission. Secretary/Treasurer: Cale Jefferies,… Read more »

Canada rejecting aggressive demands, while refusing to walk away from NAFTA talks

The tone surrounding NAFTA negotiations certainly turned during the fourth round of talks, which wrapped up Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia. Pessimistic or gloomy would be appropriate descriptors, definitely out of tune, even if you’re optimistic. After three rounds with little progress, U.S. negotiators came out swinging, tabling multiple ‘non-starters’ in the eyes of Canada and… Read more »

Ritz receives 2017 Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has recognized former Member of Parliament and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz with the 2017 Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award. In its newsletter, the CCA listed changes the beef industry saw during Ritz’s time as Minister of Agriculture, including: His announcing, in 2014, over $3.8 million to fund the Canadian… Read more »

CFA calls federal tax announcement a “step in the right direction”

The federal government’s announcement that it will reduce the small business tax rate over the next two years and cancel plans for new restrictions to lifetime capital gains exemptions is “a positive sign,” according to the president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business and… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 16: Prairie soybeans, tax changes, and the role of corn residue in SDS

It’s time for another episode of Agronomy Monday. In today’s show: Top Ag News – Liberal government announces cuts to small business tax, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay holds media call from Europe, defending supply management, changes to label requirements on dicamba in the U.S. Wilt Billing, Crop Production Services, joins Kelvin to… Read more »

Putting data in the hands of dairy operators

A new software platform from Valley Agricultural Software (VAS) gives dairy producers real-time access to critical data and reporting from anywhere with an internet or cellular connection. The California-based software company unveiled its new VAS Platform at the recent World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. In this video, senior software developer James Moger explains that… Read more »

Liberals drop plan to restrict lifetime capital gains exemptions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger took a quick trip to Stouffville, Ontario on Monday morning to announce the lowering of small business tax rates, and a change to the controversial small business tax proposal they introduced in July. “We made a promise to middle… Read more »

U.S. dairy request a ‘non-starter,’ says ag minister

American requests for changes to Canada’s supply management system for dairy and poultry are a “non-starter,” said Canada’s agriculture minister on Monday. U.S. negotiators introduced an initial dairy proposal on Friday, which calls for increased transparency and changes to Canada’s milk class system, including the elimination of the new class 7 that has taken away… Read more »

New technology to reduce antimicrobial use in pigs

An all-Canadian product that promises better pork health is coming onto the domestic market this month. It’s designed to reduce antimicrobial use in piglets, by making them healthier from the start. The product is called Nuvio. Its producers, MicroSintesis and Bio Agri Mix, call Nuvio technology  “proteobiotics.” That’s the name they’ve given molecules produced by… Read more »

Beef Market Update: A flavour for strong beef demand

There’s a flavour for strong beef demand in the country, says Anne Wasko, market analyst with Gateway Livestock, which has producers feeling good about market positioning. Last week’s slaughter report showed a 6.3 percent increase in animals killed in federally inspected plants in Canada, when compared to last year at this time. It’s good news… Read more »

Good luck for grains — This week in the grain market

Usually Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. For grain prices though, Friday, October the 13th was a good omen. On Friday alone, Chicago soft red winter wheat gained 2.15%, oats gained 1.9%, and corn was up 1.05%. Oats was the big winner of the week, though, up 6.25%. This was followed by soybeans which… Read more »

New tractor sales running 16 percent ahead of last year

New tractor sales numbers in Canada continue to exceed last year’s levels, and sales activity in the U.S. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has released its September flash report on new tractor and combine sales in Canada and the United States. In Canada, four-wheel-drive tractor sales were up almost 80 percent from September of last year,… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 13: Beef imports, food inflation and BASF’s big purchase

Co-hosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner start off the show with a discussion around the multi-cultural New Orleans, and, of course, sports. Then, on this Friday episode of the show: Top Ag News – BASF makes a big purchase, Saskatchewan crop report, National Beef Check-Off going up, new poll showing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could… Read more »

U.S. tables dairy proposal in NAFTA talks

The U.S. introduced its much-anticipated proposal regarding dairy during NAFTA negotiations on Friday, although it did not contain an explicit request for a percentage increase in market access into Canada. The American proposal was focused on changing Canada’s milk class system and increasing transparency in supply management. The proposal would reverse recent changes to Canada’s… Read more »

EPA defines U.S. label changes for dicamba in 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a deal with companies selling dicamba to implement new requirements aimed at minimizing the risk of drift damage to neighbouring crops in 2018. The EPA says Monsanto, BASF and DuPont have voluntarily agreed to label changes for “over the top” use of Monsanto’s XtendiMax, BASF’s Engenia and DuPont Pioneer’s FeXapan… Read more »