Fresh off of the initiation of the CPTPP trade deal, Canada’s main access to Asia is under review by the Canadian Transportation Agency.  The agency has initiated an investigation into possible freight rail service issues in the Vancouver area sparking speculation on which commodity might be involved. According to a news release, under provisions added to the Canada… Read More

With U.S. shipments of agricultural commodities slowly beginning to resume after a lengthy hiatus due to the a trade war with China, farmers are relying on U.S. President Donald Trump’s negotiating skills to close a deal with China. That’s no small feat as, the deal includes not only a resumption, but also an increase in… Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a cabinet shuffle earlier this week,  and although there were no changes for  Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Canada’s rural citizens did gain a new minister. For the first time under this Liberal government, Bernadette Jordan, currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions, becomes Minister of Rural Economic Development…. Read More

Western Canadian cereal commissions from Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are asking federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay for more consultation on proposed seed royalty collection models, including consideration of other options. Further consultations must focus on engaging producers with a new value proposition, the commissions say. The groups are calling for major changes in the Government of… Read More

The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) collaboration, led by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, is set to evaluate technologies that remove phosphorus which could end up in Lake Erie from agricultural water run-off and drainage water. The project is being made possible through funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). The project will establish a… Read More

The Ag Women’s Network (AWN) is now accepting applications for its 2019 mentorship program. The program, which includes two new events this year, will match ten mentee and mentors together in an eight-month partnership starting in March. “Mentorship is widely recognized as one of the most important ways leaders develop professionally and personally. Participants told… Read More

When you’re talking about weed control for field peas, chickpeas and soybeans, grower experience and a growing body of research have this to say: the earlier, the better. This is particularly true for field peas and chickpeas. With limited in-crop weed control options for these two crops, an effective pre-emergent application provides vital early-season weed… Read More

Viterra wants to make sure producers don’t miss another opportunity to market their grain when they want to – even if you’re at the lake, and the lake is in Arizona. The company is launching its suite of online contracting options through its portal “myViterra.” According to the news release, customers can use their accounts… Read More

The Canadian Sheep Federation and the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) recently reached an agreement outlining the roles and responsibilities of each group in delivery of the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP). As part of the agreement, the per tag fee of $0.23 currently collected to fund the program will increase to $0.59/tag by the… Read More