Category: News

“Bachelor” Star, Ag Celebrity Chris Soules Arrested After Fatal Crash

One of North America’s most well-known farmers and advocates for agriculture was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Chris Soules, Iowa farmer and star of the TV show “The Bachelor” in 2015, was involved in a rear-end collision between a pickup truck and a tractor on Monday night in… Read more »

MacAulay Announces $5.2 Million for Hiring Youth for “Green” Ag Jobs

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced federal funding of up to $5.2 million over the next two years for the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative on Tuesday. The program makes funds available to farms and organizations involved in agriculture to hire youth for work that’s deemed beneficial to the environment, and follows a $1.9 million commitment… Read more »

Trump Admin Targets Softwood Lumber While Keeping Sights on Canadian Dairy

The Trump administration expressed its displeasure with Canadian dairy policy several times on Monday, coinciding with the announcement of new countervail duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. “It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade relations,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a statement. “Last Monday, it became apparent that Canada… Read more »

Grain Commission Proposes 24 Percent Cut to User Fees

The Canadian Grain Commission has come out with a plan to cut its user fees by 24 percent as of August 1, 2017. In the April 22nd edition of Canada Gazette, the CGC proposed reducing the amount charged for its official inspection and weighing services by $0.44 per tonne or just under $10 million (from August 1, 2017… Read more »

Another CWB Court Case Launched

Five years after the end of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly, a group of farmers that fought to keep the CWB’s single desk is back in court seeking a new class action lawsuit. Andrew Dennis, a farmer from Brookdale, Man., has filed a Statement of Claim with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg for a class action… Read more »

Alberta Crop Commissions Meeting With Minister & AFSC on Unharvested Acres

Another late snowfall is making a tough situation worse, especially in central and northern parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Much of Western Canada has received a fresh layer of snow in the last day or two, just as fields in some areas were starting to dry up after snow and rain during the Easter weekend…. Read more »

20 Ag Greenhouse Gas Research Projects Receive Federal Funds

Federal funding for 20 research projects that aim to help Canadian farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions was announced on Friday. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was at the University of Alberta in Edmonton to highlight the work that will be done through the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), originally announced last year. “These new… Read more »

Feds Announce $4.1 Million for Morris Industries & Canadian Presence at Agritechnica ’17

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale visited Morris Industries in Saskatoon on Friday to announce nearly $3.5 million in federal funding to upgrade manufacturing technology used by the agricultural equipment manufacturer. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support innovation to help companies such as Morris remain competitive in a tough market,” said Goodale. Morris president… Read more »

Canadian Dairy XPO Attendance Tops 16,000

Dairy producers from across Canada and around the world helped the Canadian Dairy XPO (CDX) establish a record attendance earlier this month. Overall, attendance at the Stratford, Ont., dairy industry trade show surpassed 16,000, breaking the attendance record of 14,900, set last year. Those are huge numbers considering there are about 15,000 dairy farms in… Read more »

Canadian Ambassador Rejects Dairy Criticism from U.S.

Canada’s ambassador to the United States is rejecting President Donald Trump’s assertion that Canadian dairy policies are to blame for challenges faced by U.S. dairy producers. The dispute over dairy trade policy has gained mainstream media attention after Trump accused Canada during a stop in Wisconsin on Tuesday of “a typical one-sided deal against the… Read more »

Jim Everson Named President of the Canola Council of Canada

The Canola Council of Canada has chosen its next president. Jim Everson, currently the executive director of Soy Canada, has been hired to lead the canola industry organization. “Jim is a respected leader who brings significant industry vision, as well as understanding of the domestic and global issues and opportunities we face,” said David Dzisiak,… Read more »

Smithfield Creates New Unit Exploring Pig-Human Transplants

The world’s largest pork producer and processor has launched a new business unit dedicated to expanding the use of pigs in human medicine, including tissue regeneration and potentially organ development for transplants. Smithfield Foods announced the creation of its Smithfield Bioscience division last week. “Our commitment to innovation and sustainability stretches across all aspects of… Read more »

Väderstad Opens North American Parts Hub in Ontario

Väderstad Sales Inc has opened a new office and parts distribution warehouse at Cambridge, Ont., to serve its growing farm equipment market in Eastern Canada and the United States, according to the Swedish farm equipment company. Väderstad’s North American equipment lineup includes drills, planters, and cultivators. Equipment models available include: Drills – Spirit, Rapid and… Read more »

CGC Names New Chief Operating Officer

The changes at the top of the Canadian Grain Commission’s hierarchy continue, as a new chief operating officer has been named. Jocelyn Beaudette will begin her role, reporting to Chief Commissioner Patti Miller, on June 19th. She will replace Gord Miles, who is retiring at the end of June. Beaudette has worked for Agriculture and… Read more »

Legislation Introduced in Alberta to Restore Non-Refundable Check-Off Option

The Alberta government has tabled legislation to once again give producer groups the option of making their check-offs non-refundable. Before 2009, the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act gave commissions the option of refundable or non-refundable service charges. Provincial beef, pork, lamb and potato commissions collected non-refundable check-offs until 2009, when the Ed Stelmach government changed the… Read more »