Category: Eastern Canada

Will Changes to GIPSA Impact the Canadian Cattle Industry? – Kevin Grier

The American market is very important to the Canadian cattle industry. Domestic policies in the United States can greatly impact the Canadian industry. Just think about Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) and the discussion in Canada in terms of mitigating its impact. There are some proposed changes to GIPSA potentially coming and questions and several… Read more »

The Balance of Power May be Changing

Residents of Rural Alberta, Forget those feelings of Entitlement – You’re nowhere near as important as you once were but MAYBE the Times are a Changing I had the privilege of being a resident of rural Alberta in the heady days of the Peter Lougheed era. At the risk of sounding nostalgic, those were the… Read more »

Is EU/Can Free Trade Good For Canadian Farmers? – Kathleen Sullivan, CAFTA

After last weeks two posts on the Canada / EU free trade agreement I received several emails from people saying that they believe that this deal will provide limited benefit to the farmer or livestock producer in Canada. The NFU has been very vocal but I find it hard to take much that they say… Read more »

Is Organic Food Really What You think It Is? – Mischa Popoff

I have almost become desensitized to attacks on biotech crops and food.  Quite regularly you can watch the news or read the newspaper and hear negative reports that are unfounded and baseless in much fact.  Rarely do you hear someone attack the validity of organic food and especially from someone that is from the inside…. Read more »

Beef Market Update – Will Canadian Feedyards Import US Feeder Cattle? – Anne Dunford

Not since the early 2000’s have Canadian feedyards imported US feeder cattle in great numbers.  Rumours are swirling that 2010 may be the year that this practice becomes popular again.  There is no doubt that this will not sit well with Canadian ranchers due to the possible extra supply dragging down the current healthy calf… Read more »

Impact of the EU – Canada Free Trade Agreement on Canadian Beef – Ted Haney, CBEF

Canada has been working at increasing the access of Canadian beef into Europe for quite some time.  If the EU / Canada free trade agreement is ratified later this year the benefits will be very positive for Canadian beef producers.  Gaining access for hormone free beef into Europe will have large benefits for the industry… Read more »

RC Planes Help Farmers Make Better Decisions

It continues to amaze me how fast and rapid technology is coming to agriculture to help farmers improve decision making.  Since the advent of GPS the possibilities are continually proving to be endless and……very cool. With the ability to take vegetative index readings and then make decisions within 24 hours is truly interesting. What really… Read more »

Trying to Improve Food Distribution for Farmers in Ontario – Dr. John Kelly

Farmers markets have exploded into the mainstream with the public’s increased attention on the supply of food. Traditionally this has been where farmer’s that are interested in direct marketing their production can gather with consumers to due business. Dr. John Kelly, VP of Erie Innovation and Commercialization discussed his study to improve the distribution of… Read more »

The Silage Bale Wrapper Provides Options for Livestock Producers

Minimizing the loss of silage is very important in any livestock operation whether you are running a dairy or a feedyard. Silage can be stored in a pit, silo or the bale wrapper. Proper storage is very important feeding requirements. What kind of silage storage you choose will somewhat depend on your farm location or… Read more »

Fixing Roads With Soybeans – Crosby Devitt, GFO

In agriculture we are always looking for different uses of the commodities that we produce.  Farmers continue to try and diversify the uses of their products with the help of researchers. Ethanol and bio -diesel are good examples of this but it does just end with bio-fuels.  Along with several other stakeholders, the Grain Farmers… Read more »

Swallowing Your Pride – Can Family Farms Still Afford to Be Split Up?

By Shaun Haney It has always been the practice in agriculture if more than one sibling decides to take over the family farm that the farm will be split into separate entities.  I know that in my own family’s case in the late seventies, my grandfather and his brother split the farm into two separate… Read more »

What to Consider When Buying a Liquid Manure Spreader (Honey Wagon)

The smell of a liquid manure spreader (better known as a honey wagon) is very familiar in many rural areas of Canada. Liquid manure spreaders are very popular in hog and dairy operations. Many people argue that once incorporated, liquid manure is highly beneficial in comparison to its solid manure alternative. In talking to farmers… Read more »

Feeding the World, One Wheat Variety at a Time

Globally, we€™re in a position where demand for wheat is surpassing supply. Figures from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) show wheat demand growing by 1.5 per cent per year, while annual production is increasing by only 0.9 per cent. With the global population expected to rise to over 9 billion by 2050,… Read more »