Year: 2018

RealAg Radio, Dec. 10: May’s Monday market madness and latest drought monitor update

What a Monday on the markets as British Prime Minister, Theresa May, drops a bombshell statement in the House of Commons postponing Parliament’s vote on Brexit. The uncertainty rocked the markets along with the news that the bail hearing for Huawei’s CFO should be concluded by the end of the day. In news with Guse,… Read more »

Mind Your Farm Business — Ep 35: Taking care of business, and you

Like Bachman Turner Overdrive says, you’re “Taking care of business and working overtime,” — but do you take time to care for you? In this episode of Mind Your Farm Business, Chip Eichelberger, renowned motivational speaker, explains the importance of taking care of yourself in order to succeed in your business. Reflecting back on an event where he spoke… Read more »

Canola Council president provides details on shift in council priorities, activities

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) presented its slimmed-down budget and re-directed strategy to the Canadian canola value chain gathered for the Canola Industry Days December 5, 2018, at Saskatoon, Sask. CCC president Jim Everson took some time out of the conference to discuss what the new priorities will mean. “The board of directors really… Read more »

Machinery repair rules in USMCA could hurt Canadian farmers

Many times when we talk about trade deals there is immense focus on reducing tariffs, increasing trade flows, or increasing market access. There are other chapters of text that create a basis for the agreement in terms of how the involved countries will handle issues like the environment, labour standards, and cultural exemptions. Carlo Dade,… Read more »

Princess Auto expands further east

Canadian, family-owned retailer Princess Auto has cleared the path to expand further east. The company plans to open two stores in Quebec come the fall of 2019. Currently, the company operates 46 stores across Canada, employing 2,500 people. More than 100 jobs will be created in the Quebec region between the two new locations, the company says…. Read more »

Feds roll out second phase of funding for dairy farm efficiency upgrades, with some changes

The second phase of the Dairy Farm Investment program will start accepting applications in the New Year. The federal program is a five-year, $250-million program to “help Canadian cow’s milk producers improve productivity through upgrades to their equipment.” The government says the program is designed to assist dairy producers adapt to the anticipated impacts of… Read more »

Renewed focus on diversifying pulse markets a “silver lining” of India’s tough tariffs

There’s no understating just how significant the loss of Canadian pulse exports to India has been this past year. Carl Potts, executive director of the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, says that the organization’s budget — directly funded through a value-based levy — fell short by nearly 40%. It shows just how dire the situation has been… Read more »

Former premier Wall spins a cautionary tale about oil, agriculture, and public trust

When it comes to Saskatoon, former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall has not been seen much in these parts. In fact, except for the Saskatchewan Party leadership convention, he has not made a public appearance in Saskatoon since he retired as premier. When he showed up at a recent Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan event he… Read more »

Strong December start — This week in the grain markets

Except for oats futures, the entire grain complex enjoyed a week in the green as geopolitical risk and production headlines swirled. On Friday, wheat markets had a big day as market participants responded to a week of strong U.S. export sales. While total export activity is down year-over-year, it’s a positive sign for future sales…. Read more »

RealAg Radio, Dec. 7: Eastern seed development, propane production, and first ministers meeting

It’s the weekend! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? 18 days left to do so! On today’s RealAg Radio show, guests include: News with Guse — Canadian unemployment rate down, Bayer releases more than 300 safety studies about glyphosate, funding announced for east coast seed development, phase II of the Dairy Farm Investment Program, propane production set to increase,… Read more »

China’s approval of three canola traits uncertain as February deadline looms

“Patience is a virtue” – William Langland It’s been six years in the making as the Canadian canola industry waits for the approval of three canola traits for export into the Chinese market — Bayer’s TruFlex (introduced under Monsanto), Optimum Gly, owned by Corteva, and BASF’s Rf3. Whether it’s the opportunity for expanded application windows… Read more »

Ontario passes legislation to move natural gas expansion forward

Ontario has announced the passing of Bill 32, The Access to Natural Gas Act. The legislation makes it possible for a new program that, once the regulations are in place, would be designed to expand access to natural gas to more parts of rural and northern Ontario, as well as First Nations communities. The province says the… Read more »

Canadian Bison Association re-elects president, board chair for 4th term

The Canadian Bison Association (CBA) has chosen a familiar face for its president and board chair position for next year. At a board meeting held this past week, the CBA announced they’re re-electing Sharif Fahmy for the pair of positions. Fahmy has served as both president and board chair for the past three years. “It… Read more »

Canadian Meat Council calls food pricing report ‘misleading’

The Canadian Food Price Report for 2019 was unveiled this week, and the findings raised the eyebrows of many, including those within the Canadian Meat Council (CMC). The report was put out by the University of Guelph and the University of Dalhousie. The two schools cite the price of meat is set to decline as more people are… Read more »

Soybean School: How to dry beans in the bin

The 2018 Ontario soybean harvest got off to a roaring start in early fall but quickly ground to a halt as poor weather parked combines. In early December, many growers are still struggling to bin their beans. The wet weather has left growers asking how they can manage higher moisture, wet soybeans. Management decisions are… Read more »