It’s a topic that fires up debate, almost as hotly contested as issues around pesticides or antibiotics. Should farmland ownership be restricted to prevent foreign ownership or open to all investors? As of today, the consultation process on farmland ownership in Saskatchewan has started, allowing all interested parties to voice their opinions on farmland ownership rules…. Read More

On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Members of Parliament Michael Chong and Harold Albrecht today announced an investment of $183, 929 to help ensure the safe transportation of livestock and poultry. “Our Government is proud to support industry-led initiatives that help to ensure the welfare of farm animals in Canada,” said Chong. “The transportation… Read More

The World Health Organization (WHO) is asking for consideration from individuals and groups who might be involved in naming human infectious diseases in the future, a change no doubt warmly welcomed by the agriculture industry, which has largely avoided the use of terms like “mad cow disease,” and “swine flu.” “In recent years, several new human infectious diseases… Read More

A combination of rain, snow, freezing temperatures and strong winds rolled through the eastern side of the Canadian prairies over the Victoria Day long weekend, leaving farmers wondering about the fate of their crops and when they’ll be able to resume seeding (or begin re-seeding). 70 to 80 percent of this year’s crop is seeded… Read More

#Plant15 continues at a rapid pace, and it will now include some sugar beet acres in southern Alberta, as growers have settled their contract dispute with Rogers Sugar. The Canadian livestock industry is also awaiting the final ruling from the WTO in the dispute over U.S. country of origin labeling. There’s plenty more on these stories and more… Read More

North Dakota State University’s Research Foundation is warning Canadian farmers about illegal sales of a new hard red spring wheat variety developed at NDSU. FP Genetics Inc. is the only Canadian company allowed to sell the variety known as Elgin-ND. However, NDSU says “some U.S. seedsmen and others may be approaching farmers/entities in Canada to… Read More

Cattle producers will have access to significantly higher borrowing limits under an enhanced Manitoba Livestock Associations Loan Guarantee (MLALG) program, according to Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development minster, Ron Kostyshyn. The borrowing limit for the MLALG program has increased to up to $8 million from $5 million for associations and up to $500,000 from… Read More

The first-ever All-Ontario Judging Competition, presented by the Junior Farmer’s Association of Ontario (JFAO), is slated for May 30, 2015.  The event is a competition “celebrating Ontario agriculture and heritage,” say organizers. The competition is open all Ontario residents, and is split into the following age categories: JFAO Members, JFAO Alumni, JFAO Partners, 4-H Members… Read More

New #wrp MLAs getting ready for their first Official Opposition caucus meeting. #ableg — Team Wildrose (@TeamWildrose) May 11, 2015 Wildrose leader Brian Jean met with his party’s members today, in their first Official Opposition caucus meeting, where he announced the members of the shadow cabinet: Drew Barnes, MLA Cypress – Medicine Hat is the… Read More

BASF has announced registration of CARAMBA fungicide for Eastern Canada. CARAMBA is now registered for use on corn for suppression of fusarium and gibberella ear rot (Fusarium graminearum and Gibberella zeae) for the 2015 growing season. “The active ingredient in CARAMBA, metconazole, has been proven to provide excellent results in reducing DON levels as well… Read More


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