Brent Derkatch has been named as the new president and CEO of CANTERRA SEEDS. Derkatch steps into the role as long-time CEO David Hansen announced his retirement earlier this year. Derkatch has been with CANTERRA SEEDS since 2001, and has served as the director, Pedigreed Seed Business Unit for the past five years. Derkatch will… Read More

Oleta (Leta) LaRush is set to lead BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions, effective November 1, 2023. In this role, LaRush will lead Canadian operations and the Canadian Leadership Team for the agriculture division at BASF, and will join the company’s North American Leadership team. She will also continue to serve as a member of the BASF Canada… Read More

Those within the agriculture industry often love to tell anyone who will listen that there are many amazing career opportunities in the sector. They are right, of course — there are thousands of jobs going unfilled and plenty of career advancement opportunities for those interested. But agriculture has too much of a good thing, and… Read More

Farm Credit Canada has announced a new financial commitment in the development of agriculture startups through a partnership with Saskatchewan-based Agtech Accelerator. The accelerator is a venture-backed program founded by Cultivator powered by Conexus, Emmertech, and Economic Development Regina (EDR). “Providing financial support to Agtech Accelerator is a natural fit for FCC’s venture capital program…. Read More

Canada Beef and the Canadian Beef Check-off Agency have announced that Eric Bienvenue will join the team as incoming president effective Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Bienvenue brings 30 years of experience in the pork and poultry industries to Canada Beef. Current president Michael Young will mentor Bienvenue for a six-month transition period, at which time… Read More

Year-over-year, farmers aren’t necessarily more concerned about inflation; however, a large majority of those who answered the latest RealAgristudies survey on the topic feel strongly that government policy has contributed to inflation. The survey, which wrapped September 8, 2023, of over 500 farmers from across Canada, took the pulse not only on how farmers feel… Read More

Getting timely access to a veterinarian can be challenging for many livestock farmers. It’s not only a problem for Canadian farmers: a shortage of veterinarians is being felt around the globe, as farmers across the U.S., the UK, and Australia struggle to find health care for their animals, says Dr. Colin Yates, CEO of a… Read More

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has named Ashley Honsberger as its new executive director, effective October 9, 2023. Andrew Graham, the current ED, will retire after a celebrated career spanning 43 years, 33 of those with OSCIA. He served as executive director at Soil and Crop for more than eight years. Honsberger has… Read More

Farmers haven’t significantly changed loan makeup on farms, and are sticking with variable rate loans this year compared to sixteen months ago. The number of farmers with all fixed-rate loans has held steady in the same time frame. That’s according to the latest survey from the RealAgristudies Insights Panel, which ran late last month with… Read More

Farm Management Canada has opened nominations for an award that was established over twenty years ago to honour those that have made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada. Individuals or groups can be nominated for the 2023 Wilson Loree Award, if… Read More

The Bank of Canada overnight rate has risen sharply since early 2022 and has held above 4 per cent since December (see below). The longer the period of increased interest rates continues, the more likely it is farmers will have to renew some loans or take on new debt in this time of more expensive… Read More

Half a dozen national farm organizations and their members are raising concerns about unintended consequences from the federal government’s Underused Housing Tax (UHT) that took effect last year. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Cattle Association, National Cattle Feeders Association, Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and Canadian Canola… Read More

 

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