In 2011, a new provincial cost-shared Risk Management Program (RMP) was created for the Ontario agriculture industry. Farmer leaders across commodity groups came together as the Ontario Agricultural Sustainability Coalition (OASC), and worked with the provincial government to design a made-in-Ontario solution to help bring “predictability, stability and bankability to the farming sector.” In the fall of 2013,… Read More

Dairy Farmers of Canada has announced the appointment of Caroline Emond as the agency’s new executive director. Emond is a lawyer and lobbyist with over 20 years of experience in political and trade files in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She worked for DFC from 1998 to 2006 as Assistant Director, International Trade and as Permanent Representative… Read More

Ontario is proposing amendments to the Crop Insurance Act, 1996, that, if passed, would mean more types of agricultural products would be eligible for coverage by production insurance. Production insurance, a part of Ontario’s business risk management programs, is designed to help farmers manage losses due to events like weather, pests and disease. The costs… Read More

By Christina Franc Canada exports 600,000 tonnes of forage each year, with an estimated value of $150 million. This market is continuing to grow, particularly in the United Arab Emirates. Selling hay to the UAE opens a world of possibilities, and a world of possible problems, says Alan Gardner of Haydar Group of Companies. None… Read More

There have been no confirmed cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Saskatchewan thus far, but that hasn’t stopped the province from reacting to its potential threat. Earlier this week, the federal and provincial governments announced their support of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (SaskPork), with $150,000 in funding. The funding will help deliver a… Read More

Farmers whose land was flooded after the Manitoba government decided to use the “fail-safe” — an intentional cut — in the Portage Diversion this summer will be eligible for compensation, the province announced on Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn and Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton said $1.15 million has been committed to paying crop and… Read More

Time-permitting, we love finding unsuspecting (or surprisingly agreeable) individuals for a segment we refer to as Talking to Farmers. The clips are often filmed at trade shows and conferences, and the interviewees are never given more than a hint at the questions they’ll be asked. This year, at the Agri-Trade Expo in Red Deer, we cajoled four people into… Read More

Bill C-18 — the proposed legislation that includes changes to plant breeders’ rights — continues to move through Parliament, despite the New Democrats saying they’ll vote against it. During the Report Stage in the House of Commons on Monday, Opposition Agriculture Critic Malcolm Allen introduced 51 motions to delete all 51 clauses of the bill related to plant… Read More