Last week, the federal government announced three new Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada-based programs under the Growing Forward 2 banner — AgriInnovation, AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness. While the press release outlines some details about the programs, the supplied information was a little light. RealAgriculture.com asked AAFC for further details. Below is the Q and A exchange (unedited)…. Read More

After years of work and consultation, the federal government yesterday announced the Fair Rail Freight Service Act bill which includes an arbitration process when negotiations breakdown between shippers and rail companies and hefty fines levied against railways should they violate agreements. The amendment to the Transportation Act is an important milestone in balancing the commercial… Read More

The Province of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) have launched the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) to develop Saskatchewan-led solutions to feed a growing world population. With initial commitments of up to $35 million from PotashCorp and $15 million from the province over the next seven years,… Read More

Moving livestock safely, even short distances, requires the right type of trailer, skilled handlers and an informed plan for transport length and conditions. In order to ensure Canadian cattle are being handled with positive outcomes in mind, we need scientifically-informed guidelines for what appropriate travel durations and conditions are. Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, an Agriculture and… Read More

CWB has launched two new pools for farmers, including one that enables each farmer to choose their own price based on futures values, according to a company press release. The Winter Pool will operate like traditional pools, and features a six-month pooling period. The Futures Choice Winter Pool includes the option for farmers to choose… Read More

Most of the pomp and circumstance at cattle shows swirls around the big purebred championships. It’s not different at Canadian Western Agribition, where show-stopping bulls sell for more money than most people’s cars cost. There’s a lot more that goes on at Agribition, though, that doesn’t always get as much attention, but it’s important nonetheless…. Read More

CWB announced today the dispatch of its first shipload of canola from the Port of Prince Rupert. The cargo of 42,000 tonnes of Prairie canola is now travelling aboard the vessel Tai Health, enroute to customers in Japan, according to the company’s press release. Changes to the western Canadian grain-marketing system, implemented by the federal… Read More

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) hosted its annual roundtable meeting between Canadian and US beef industry leaders during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Now in its seventh year, the roundtable brought cattle producers from North Dakota, Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet with their Canadian counterparts at Agribition. The event gathered six American representatives… Read More

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives will have some regional offices “streamlined” in an effort by the province to reduce expenditures and deliver services more efficiently, a press release announced today. Front-line services will not be negatively impacted, the province says. Offices will be consolidated while in other cases it will mean restructuring, “modernizing services”… Read More