Today at Canada’s Farm Progress Show, Farm Credit Canada announced a $5 million commitment to the accelerated breeding program at the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask). The program will now bear the name “The FCC Accelerated Breeding Program at GIFS.” Accelerated breeding combines technologies such as genomic selection,… Read More

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

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced funding on Wednesday of up to $5.25 million for a new barley research cluster under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which runs from 2023 to 2028. Industry and grower organizations have also committed $4.3 million, bringing total funding for the barley research cluster to $9.6 million over five years…. Read More

The Canadian Angus Association is set to receive just over $1.6 million through the AgriScience Program – Projects Component, to help improve genetic evaluation tools for Canadian beef and dairy cattle. With this federal support, the CAA says it will “leverage cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, camera and computer vision systems to capture… Read More

Methane emissions from cattle have received plenty of mainstream attention over the past decade, with calls to eat less beef often not accounting for the carbon sequestration and biodiversity benefits of producing highly-nutritious food on grasslands. The panel in this episode of the Ag Policy Connection ruminates on how environmental policies can help or hinder… 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

The term “agricultural extension” generally refers to the process of applying new research and knowledge to help farmers improve farming methods and techniques. While this concept has existed for thousands of years, the word “extension” itself dates back to the 1860s in England when universities made an attempt to extend practical information through lectures outside… Read More

Nearly a thousand workers at Cargill’s Dunlop beef processing facility at Guelph, Ont. are on strike, as of 12:01am on Monday, May 27, according to their union. The workers, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 175, voted against a negotiated settlement on Sunday. The union says it has raised… 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

Technology is making it easier for nutritionists and producers to manage dairy cow diets. Trouw Nutrition Canada’s DNA Connect is a new mobile app that allows feed managers to change dry matter levels and update diets with a click of a button. In this report from the Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford, Ont., Elgin Feeds… Read More

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