Trade, climate change, and election strategy – just another day for CFA’s Ron Bonnett

It’s difficult to know where to start when you talk with Rob Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA). Bonnett always has a full plate, and the closing weeks of November are no different as his organization tends a hot stove stoked with issues ranging from trade to climate change and a coming… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 15: Food waste, dinner bells, and feeling good about food

It’s been awhile since RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney had a co-host, but when in the Ottawa area, you can be sure that field editor Lyndsey Smith will don that headset and get the job done. On today’s show: Dara Gurau, from, about feeling good about food Anita Stewart, the inaugural Dinner Bell award… Read more »

Federal government supports two agriculture public trust initiatives

The news Parliamentary secretary Jean-Claude Poissant, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, was in Gatineau, Quebec, this week to announce funding for two projects focused on food safety and public trust in Canada’s food system. Announced at the Food Safety Forum, held following the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity’s Public Trust Summit,… Read more »

Getting a jump on food loss and waste at processing

Much of what we produce in agriculture ends up wasted, not eaten. While food waste in your own home may be the first thing you think of, much of food loss and waste happens at processing. Speaking this week at the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) Public Trust Summit, Cher Mereweather, executive director of… Read more »

RealAg Bookclub: The Soil Fixers with Harold Rudy

Much has changed on the Ontario soil conservation front since 1987. No-till farming has been firmly entrenched, most farms in the province now proudly tout their own Environmental Farm Plan, and soil health is recognized as key to a $13 billion food economy that fuels 800,000 jobs. It’s a 30-year journey that Harold Rudy captures… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Nov 14: Winter wheat acres, salvage values, and rut repairs

Harvest weather has not been kind, but some great yields make up for it at least a little for many Ontario farmers. We’ve also got some good news on wheat acres, too. It can’t all be good, of course, and this fall weather has left many fields rutted and compacted. What to do about tillage?… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 14: Who trusts who in food, advocacy success stories, and tractors in the cold

Today RealAg Radio broadcasted its show from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity’s Public Trust Summit at Gatineau, Quebec. With a big thanks to our show sponsor Corteva, today’s show features discussions with: Crystal Mackay, from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, on the recent results of their public trust survey. Some concerning trends are… Read more »