February 1, 2021, four seed industry groups amalgamated to form Seeds Canada with the vision to become the leading voice of the Canadian seed sector, helping members succeed and grow in Canada, and around the world. RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney was recently joined by Seeds Canada’s Barry Senft, executive director, and Ellen Sparry, the group’s inaugaural… Read More

The federal government has formally kicked off consultations on Canada’s next agricultural policy framework. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Agri-Food Neil Ellis, launched the federal process in a virtual event on Thursday. The framework has traditionally been a five-year federal-provincial-territorial agreement that encompasses most government programs and spending in agriculture,… Read More

The alliance representing Canada’s export-oriented agriculture sectors is welcoming a decision by countries in the CPTPP to formally begin negotiations to have the United Kingdom join the trade agreement formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In a virtual meeting hosted by Japan on Tuesday, Canada’s trade minister, Mary Ng, and her counterparts from the other… Read More

Nitrous oxide is one of the three main greenhouse gases emitted by agricultural activities, and nitrogen fertilizer management is one of many ways to reduce emissions of nitrous oxide, and to keep our nitrogen where it needs to be for a crop. Wes Anderson, vice president of agronomy with Croptimistic Technologies, has written a blog… Read More

The United States has requested and established a dispute settlement panel to review measures regarding Canada’s administration of its dairy tariff rate quota (TRQs) policies, under the new trade agreement USMCA/CUSMA. The U.S. is challenging Canada’s allocation of dairy TRQs — specifically the set-aside of a percentage of each dairy TRQ exclusively for Canadian processors…. Read More

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is proposing to reduce service fees collected for four official grain inspection and official grain weighing services, as of August 1, 2021, the start of the next crop year. A spokesperson for the Commission says sustained growth of export volumes over the last few years means it can reduce fees… Read More

Bill C-208, which would amend the Income Tax Act for the transfers of small businesses, family farms, or fishing corporations, passed its third reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday, May 12, sending it to the Senate for approval. The private member’s bill, introduced by Manitoba Conservative MP Larry Maguire, would make it more affordable… Read More

Longtime CEO of the Grain Farmers of Ontario Barry Senft has accepted the position of executive director of Seeds Canada. Senft will join Seeds Canada June 1. “We look forward to welcoming Barry to our organization. His national experience in the grain sector, understanding of agriculture issues and extensive experience in strategic development and leadership will be an asset,”… Read More

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