A few hundred people, passionate about Canadian agriculture, gathered in Ottawa this week for the Grow Canada conference. This event is always one of the highlights of the year, as it brings together several industry groups, farm groups, government department reps, and stakeholders, under a positive vision for forging a path forward. I was fortunate… Read More

The sheer number of people, and the corresponding economy, within the Indo-Pacific region is reason enough for every nation to have a coordinated, focused strategy for trade in the region. The need for a strategy may be clear, but the shape it takes, and the urgency with which it is prioritized varies by country. Canada,… Read More

From starting out in a community hall in Carseland, Alberta, in 1977 to successfully achieving an original goal of ending the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly 35 years later, the history of the Western Barley Growers Association is documented in a new book entitled Western Barley’s Legacy. “We wanted to document the history of our association… Read More

Thanks for tuning in to this Thursday edition of the Farmer Rapid Fire! Today’s show is brought to you by Pioneer Seeds Canada. Guest host Kara Oosterhuis is joined by: Philip Shaw of Dresden, Ont.; Drew Spoelstra of Binbrook, Ont.; Jocelyn Wasko of Eastend, Sask.; and Andrea Stroeve-Sawa of Taber, Alta. As well, don’t miss… Read More

Canola is another step closer to seeing major new demand from producers of advanced biofuels, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published its final rule approving the use of canola oil for renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and other advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (or RFS). “We thank the EPA for completing… Read More

When it comes to feeding soybeans, investing in potash will give growers the best bang for their fertility buck. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Soybean School, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Soybean Specialist Horst Bohner looks at potash soil test values to determine how soybeans respond economically to the nutrient. Bohner… Read More

Thanks for tuning in to this Wednesday edition of RealAg Radio. Today’s show is bought to you by PRIDE Seeds. We will hear from: Stuart Person with MNP, on reducing financial stress on the farm; Cornie Thiessen with ADAMA Canada, on the decision to pull Silencer out of Western Canada; and, Russ Crawford on a… Read More

Corteva is making a major move to expand its biological crop input business, announcing an agreement to purchase Stoller Group — one of the largest biological companies in the agriculture industry. The US$1.2 billion deal “reinforces Corteva’s commitment to providing farmers with biological tools that complement evolving farming practices and help them meet changing market… Read More

Agriculture and food issues often cross provincial, national and international boundaries. Being a leader of a farm organization frequently requires representatives to look well beyond the farm gate to tackle issues that impact their members. That’s certainly the case for Thunder Bay, Ont., dairy farmer Peggy Brekveld, who in 2023 will again lead the Ontario… Read More

Soil sensing is a precision agriculture method used to improve agronomy by identifying opportunities to manage variability. Dr. Athyna Cambouris is a soil scientist and researcher with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) at the Quebec Research and Development Centre, focused on precision agriculture and using soil sensing to improve agronomy. Cambouris says that grid soil… Read More

Succession planning isn’t just for farms — it’s important for every business. A few years ago, Josée Lemoine brought her business, Pivot Performance, into the Backswath Management fold. As planned, Backswath founder Terry Betker is now stepping down (but not away) from leading the business, as Lemoine will step up to lead the company as… Read More

 

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