Agriculture and Agri-Food has announced an early list of regions that are eligible for Livestock Tax Deferral in 2024. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the announcement June 14 in order to “provide producers with more certainty heading into the summer months.” The Livestock Tax Deferral provision allows livestock producers in certain areas who are forced… Read More

Becoming an effective leader of any team begins with first taking charge of yourself. Leadership of self, says Mark Gasparotto, is a necessary step before being truly ready and able to lead others, whether on the farm or elsewhere in life. Gasparotto, founder of The Gasparotto Group and former Canadian military commander, says potential leaders… Read More

New survey data shows around half of farms that have farmland rental agreements up for renewal this year are expecting rental rates to increase, with some anticipating a significant jump in the land rent component of their cost of production. Rising land rent costs are coinciding with the increasing cost of owning land, as borrowing… Read More

10 national farm and commodity organizations are raising concerns about the federal government’s plan to increase the capital gains tax inclusion rate and related tax policy changes that were announced in the 2024 budget last month. The organizations, including the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canadian Cattle Association and Grain Growers of… Read More

The April 2024 results from the Canadian Farmer Sentiment Index reveal a nuanced picture of current farm financial performance nationwide, highlighting the variations in sentiment across demographics and farm types. This latest installment of the survey, which reflects farmers’ financial status today compared to 12 months ago, presents an intriguing shift: for the first time… Read More

It seems that when the spring hits each year, images start showing up on social media asking if a newly discovered arachnid might be a tick. While ticks have been a common sight in Ontario and Manitoba for a while now, they seem to be venturing further west as they travel on migratory birds. Along… Read More

A dairy worker in Michigan is the second person to test positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus circulating in American dairy cow herds. The first case of human infection associated with this dairy herd infection of HPAI was detected in Texas in March. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says… Read More

Unless you count volcanic eruptions out at sea (and we don’t), every year there are fewer and fewer acres available for growing food, building houses, or setting aside for habitat. The decision of what should be built where or how land should be used is a complicated, complex, and controversial topic. In this episode of… Read More

There are many priorities that influence how land is used — the need for housing and economic development often drives the conversion of farmland and natural habitat into urban or suburban landscapes, but food security, productivity, biodiversity, crop or livestock prices, renewable energy policy, and of course, NIMBYism are among the many factors that can… Read More

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