I know I’m not alone when I say the recent decision by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) surprised me. I’m also likely not alone when I say the decision made me incredibly angry. And angry for a few reasons, I might add. Angry, because I assumed (wrongly) that my name… Read More

Each year, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recognizes producers that exceed standard industry conservation practices through the Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA), in recognition that Canada’s beef cattle producers serve as stewards for a vast portion of land and play a significant role in protecting and enhancing the environment. This year’s award winner was announced at… Read More

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Put another way, if you can’t take care of you, you can’t take care of others, including livestock. The connection between farmers’ own mental wellness and livestock care is a direct link; in many cases of animal welfare complaints, the root cause is a stressed and/or mentally ill… Read More

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced the 25 members of its Canadian Agricultural Youth Council recently. In the application process, AAFC committed to regional representation and choosing members with a diversity of backgrounds. In naming the 25 members, AAFC has certainly achieved that — with people from every province and one from the northern territories, and… Read More

Anyone and everyone who loves Canadian food is encouraged to show appreciation to the food industry every year on the Saturday of the August long weekend during Food Day Canada — this year it’s Saturday, August 1. Food Day Canada’s first iteration was back in 2003 during the BSE crisis, and was started by Anita… Read More

You can be forgiven if you don’t remember the first Food Day Canada. After all, it wasn’t even called that in 2003. At the time, the Canadian border was closed to livestock movement and protein trade because of BSE. It was an economic disaster for the beef industry, but it also spurred the creation of… Read More

Perceptions can be tough to overcome, especially when seeing is believing. A farmer from South Australia, John Gladigau, had some urban dwellers come visit the farm recently, and 4-year old Arcadia went for a tractor ride. Soon, she asked, “Why is it that adult girls don’t get to drive tractors and adult boys do?” Gladigau… Read More