Category: News

Federal Budget Taps Agriculture to Drive Canada’s Economy

The federal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, revealed its latest budget, and agriculture and agri-food figures prominently in the 2017-18 fiscal plan. From new export targets and spending programs designed to “uncap the potential of the agriculture industry,” this budget commits $8.2 billion under the Skills and Innovation Plan with a goal of… Read more »

Saskatchewan Budget Cuts Pasture Program, Changes Fuel Exemptions, Bumps PST

Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan government rolled out its 2017-18 cost-cutting budget yesterday, and there’s something for everyone to pick on. Affecting all sectors, Wall is increasing the provincial sales tax (PST) from five to six per cent, and has re-written what goods and services are no longer PST-exempt. Specific for farmers, beginning April 1, 2017, fuel tax… Read more »

CGC Proposes New Eastern Wheat Class

The Canadian Grain Commission has begun a consultation on its proposal to introduce a new eastern wheat class. Wheat industry stakeholders including grain handlers, processors, marketers, breeders and producers are invited to provide their input until May 20, 2017. The Canadian Grain Commission is proposing to develop a Canada Eastern Special Purpose class. This class would allow… Read more »

FarmLead Announces Major Fund Investment

FarmLead, a Canadian-based and now global online grain marketplace, has announced a six-point-five million dollar (US) Series A raise led by Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV), the venture capital arm of Monsanto, with additional investments from Avrio Ventures, the MaRS Innovation Accelerator Fund and Serra Ventures. The close supports FarmLead’s expansion into the U.S. market and the opening of… Read more »

Transport Minister Unveils New Recreational Drone Rules

New rules for the recreational use of drones in Canada were announced by Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Thursday. The number of incidents involving recreational drones has more than tripled since 2014, according to Transport Canada. The changes immediately apply to model aircraft and drones that weigh between 250g and 35kg. “I take very seriously the… Read more »

Remaining TPP Countries Meet in Chile

The 11 remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership met on the sidelines of Asia Pacific trade talks in Chile yesterday to discuss the future of the TPP now that the U.S. has withdrawn. “The participating partners reiterated their firm commitment to collaborate in keeping markets open and to the free flow of goods, services and… Read more »

Lely Focusing on Robotics, Sells Forage Division to AGCO

AGCO is expanding its forage equipment business, acquiring the forage division of Lely Group. Lely, which is known more for its dairy equipment in North America, manufactures balers, loader wagons, mowers and rakes in Europe. The two companies have reached an agreement-in-principle, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017. “The integration… Read more »

BeGrainSafe Receives $375,000 in Federal Funding

The federal government is joining industry partners, including RealAgriculture, in funding the Canadian Ag Safety Association’s new grain safety program. Coinciding with Canadian Ag Safety Week, Winnipeg MP MaryAnn Mihychuk announced $375,000 in federal support in Winnipeg on Tuesday. CASA’s BeGrainSafe program includes a mobile grain safety demonstration and training unit, as well as grain… Read more »

McDonald’s Canada Celebrates Women in Farming to Raise Money for Young Farmers

Today marks International Women’s Day, and McDonald’s Canada is marking the occasion with a new commercial celebrating the farm women who play a role in bringing home the beef in Canadian agriculture. In the commercial, you’ll likely recognize Alberta’s Jill Harvie (@BrightPasture) from a previous McDonald’s commercial, and also featured for this Old MacDonald-themed sing-a-long is… Read more »

CanSheep Launches the Verified Sheep Program

The Canadian Sheep Federation (CanSheep) has announced the launch of the Canadian Verified Sheep Program (CVSP). A rebranding of the Food Safe Farm Practices program, this new program adds two additional modules on animal care and biosecurity. Sheep farmers who have already completed the Food Safe Farm Practices program will only need to complete these… Read more »

Sask. Gov’t Consulting on New Ag Extension Delivery Model

The Saskatchewan government is asking the farm and ranch community for input on how it delivers agriculture extension services in the province. A new delivery model is expected to be in place when the next federal-provincial ag policy framework begins in April 2018, according to a provincial news release issued Tuesday. “The agriculture industry is… Read more »

Activist Groups Targeting Ag in the Classroom and Ag Literacy Month Content

Several activist organizations have set their sights on Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada and the organization’s programming for Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Rachel Parent’s Kids Right to Know, the Council of Canadians, and Earth Action PEI have written a letter to education ministers across the country asking them to remove Ag… Read more »

Alberta Gov’t Asks for Feedback on Bill 6 Working Group Recommendations

Albertans are being asked to provide feedback on recommendations made by two of the working groups looking at how Bill 6 could apply to farms and ranches. Since the introduction of the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act in November 2015, farmers across Alberta, and even other provinces, have criticized the government’s plan to implement tighter labour… Read more »

Ottawa Launches Consultations on Trade Deal With China

After launching exploratory discussions with China last fall, the Canadian government is taking another step toward negotiating a trade deal Canada’s second-largest trading partner. As part of the March 4th issue of the Canada Gazette, Global Affairs Canada announced it’s asking for feedback on how to proceed with a possible free trade agreement with China. “With… Read more »

Ontario Premier Announces Measures to Reduce Hydro Bills

In what may be called trying to clean up the mess she made, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced yesterday the “Fair Hydro Plan” which is designed to decrease the average residential hydro bill by 25% and cap bill increases for the next four years. As part of the announcement, Wynne says “Starting this summer, Ontario’s Fair… Read more »