BMO launches young farmer loan program for the under 35 crowd

Citing a strong industry, but a shrinking demographic, BMO Bank of Montreal has introduced its new loan program for Canadian farmers 35 years or younger. The BMO Young Farmer program offers is aimed at helping both the person who’s already in the industry and for those who are choosing to get into agriculture, with loans of up… Read more »

Foreign direct investment is necessary to hit Canada’s ambitious export goals: economist

There are many who likely bristle at the thought of a foreign country investing in Canada, perhaps because most equate “investment” with “land buying.” But when we’re talking foreign direct investment, in this case, we’re talking about companies investing in Canadian businesses, and vice versa. And, as J.P. Gervais, chief agricultural economist with Farm Credit… Read more »

Trade minister says CPTPP will be among first things House debates

Federal Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr was in Saskatoon last week for the federal Liberal caucus meeting. Carr and Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, took the opportunity to address the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce in what was billed as a ‘fireside chat’. The discussion focussed mostly on the programs available to… Read more »

Canola School: PAMI publishes guidebook on straight-cutting canola

There is more and more and more demand for information about straight-cutting canola. In response to this demand, the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) continues to conduct research, quantify assumptions, and provide knowledge to farmers. Recently, PAMI put all that work together into a straight-cutting guidebook for canola. In this episode of the Canola School, RealAgriculture’s… Read more »

Managing clubroot? Choose broad-spectrum genetic resistance

Where clubroot is a risk, are you stretching canola rotations or using a clubroot-resistant variety? Realistically, you should be doing both — and not all clubroot resistance is created equal. While industry and plant breeders should be commended for the speed at which clubroot-resistant varieties were introduced, we know now that that early, single-gene resistance… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 14: NAFTA, swine flu, hurricanes, foreign investment, and big tractors

While regular host Shaun Haney is away in New York, occasional host Lyndsey Smith stick-handles today’s episode of RealAg Radio. In today’s episode, you’ll hear from: News lead Jessika Guse not once but twice, as Smith and Guse try and catch up on a week’s worth of news in just two segments; Mitch Kaiser, with… Read more »

Most Bearish WASDE Ever? — This week in the grain markets

On Wednesday, September 12th the USDA came out with one of the most bearish World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports in recent memory, destroying any pre-report expectations — especially for corn and soybeans. Going into the September WASDE report, the market was already quite bearish on soybeans, expecting to see 2018/19 ending stocks in… Read more »