The union that represents more than nine thousand workers at CN Rail and CPKC says its members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike mandate, raising the odds of an unprecedented work stoppage at both of Canada’s main railways as early as May 22. This is the first time in decades that both railways… Read More

Canada’s Auditor General was highly critical of the federal government’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture in an independent report released on Tuesday. The audit found Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has failed to design, implement and then track plans for how the agriculture sector will contribute to Canada’s 2030 and 2050 greenhouse… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has announced the appointment of David Hunt as the new chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission. Hunt will replace Doug Chorney, whose term expires at the end of April. Chorney chose to not re-apply for the job. Hunt has worked for the Manitoba government since 2007, starting as a… Read More

Canada’s Competition Bureau is raising “substantial competition concerns” with Bunge’s proposed acquisition of Viterra. The US$8.1 billion deal announced in June 2023 would likely harm competition for canola grown near Bunge’s crush plants in Western Canada, and the supply of refined canola oil in Eastern Canada, according to a report published by the Bureau on April… Read More

Incorporated farms in provinces where the federal carbon tax is collected should receive a little more back on their tax return under the “Canada Carbon Rebate for Small Businesses” proposed in the federal budget last week. The federal government said it would “urgently” return more than $2.5 billion in accrued carbon tax revenue going back… Read More

The development of Canada’s biofuel sector was highlighted in the Canadian government’s 2024 budget announced on April 16th, but ethanol was notably absent from the list of renewable fuel categories that will receive support. The budget included a commitment of $776 million for a retooled Clean Fuels Fund to drive production of renewable diesel, sustainable… Read More

The federal budget introduced by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday featured changes to how capital gains are taxed, as well as federal funding to develop biofuel production and artificial intelligence, but did not mention many topics and programs farm groups were hoping to see addressed. It also included many previously-announced measures, such as the… Read More

Nearly 3,500 livestock producers in Saskatchewan who were eligible for drought assistance through the AgriRecovery program launched last October will be receiving a top-up of up to $50 per head from the federal and provincial governments. Provincial agriculture minister David Marit announced the additional payments during a visit to the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association head office… Read More

Editor’s note: Updated with CDC confirmation of a human HPAI case in Texas. U.S. animal health authorities say they cannot rule out cow-to-cow transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) after detecting bird flu in dairy herds in another three states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) has confirmed the presence… Read More

There’s no better place to conduct practical agronomic research than in the real world, under the same conditions, using the same equipment and management practices. That’s the premise underlying the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers’ On-Farm Network, a farmer-driven research program that was officially launched 10 years ago, in 2014. “We really saw a need… Read More

The union that represents more than nine thousand CN and CPKC railway workers is organizing a vote to approve strike action, raising the prospects of a rail work stoppage as early as late May if several deals are not reached before then. Members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) will begin voting electronically on… Read More

 

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