Category: News

Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef launches framework

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) today launched its Certified Sustainable Beef Framework (and a new website) at the group’s annual meeting in Edmonton today. The Framework centres around the five Global Principles of Sustainable Beef: natural resources; people and community; animal health and welfare; food; and efficiency and innovation. “We know that consumers want… Read more »

Canada reports a five month low in trade deficit due to rising exports

Both Canada and the United States released their export numbers for the month of October this week and there are some interesting takeaways. Fresh off last week’s third quarter GDP numbers that were dragged down by weak exports, the Statistics Canada trade data pushlished on Tuesday showed rebounding exports. Canada’s trade deficit shrank to a… Read more »

StatsCan tables larger-than-expected canola and wheat production numbers

Statistics Canada published higher-than-expected estimates for several major Canadian crops in its crop production report on Wednesday. The report includes the final production estimates for 2017 (although they can still be revised for two years.) For canola, StatsCan estimates production of 21.3 million tonnes, up from 19.7 million in the September StatsCan report and 19.6… Read more »

Wheat Growers announce new management

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is taking a different approach than most other farm organizations with its management. Rather than hiring internal staff, the voluntary farmer-run advocacy group has contracted Osborne Interim Management to look after day-to-day operations, policy development, stakeholder engagement and communications. The Osborne team includes Dave Quist as Executive Director, Norm… Read more »

China agrees to pilot project for chilled Canadian beef and pork

China agreed to expand access for Canadian beef and pork during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Beijing this week. After agreeing in-principle to allow imports of Canadian frozen bone-in beef last year, China committed to establishing the documentation requirements and fully implementing the 2016 bone-in beef agreement. A pilot project has also been established… Read more »

Saskatchewan farm groups applaud province’s climate change strategy

Farm groups were quick to show their support as Saskatchewan Environment Minister Dustin Duncan unveiled his government’s “Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy” on Monday. The province says the plan is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change, without implementing a carbon tax. (Download the strategy text by clicking here.) “This plan is broader… Read more »

GFO welcomes proposed increase to ethanol mandate in Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) is welcoming the Ontario government’s proposal to increase its ethanol mandate in gasoline from 5 to 10 percent in 2020. The province’s environment ministry published draft amendments last week to update the renewable fuel regulations under the province’s Environmental Protection Act. “We are pleased to see the Ontario government committed… Read more »

Farmers from SK and QC named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Farmers from Saskatchewan and Quebec were named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2017 during the national OYF program in Penticton, BC this past weekend. Derek and Tannis Axten and Véronique Bouchard and Francois Handfield received the national recognition on Friday night. The Axtens operate a no-till grain farm with a unique emphasis on soil health… Read more »

Brandt expanding into the U.S., buying manufacturing facility from Kongskilde

Regina-based ag equipment manufacturer Brandt Group of Companies has announced what it describes as a “major expansion into the U.S. market” with a deal to buy a 200,000 sq foot manufacturing facility in Illinois. Brandt is buying a plant and equipment at Bloomington-Normal from Kongskilde Industries, which was acquired by New Holland earlier this year. It’s… Read more »

A&W donates $5M to the U of S Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

The University of Saskatchewan announced a $5-million donation on Friday from A&W to support the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE). “A&W is deeply committed to the Canadian beef and forage industry,” said Jefferson Mooney, chairman emeritus, A&W. “Our investment is an investment in the future of Canadian food and best practices to make… Read more »

Results confirm close race in SaskWheat election

The results have been announced for the highly-competitive SaskWheat director election. 10 farmers were vying for four board seats in the organization’s first election where online voting was an option. 3,266 ballots were verified and counted, with farmers selecting up to four candidates. Less than 300 votes separated first from seventh — an indication of… Read more »

Manitoba PCs introduce new watershed legislation

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government introduced new legislation on Thursday aimed at protecting wetlands, while simplifying minor drainage maintenance. The Sustainable Watersheds Act also lays the foundation for an ecological goods and services program that would see farmers receive incentives for implementing best management practices that are in the public good, such as grassland and wetland… Read more »

Familiar names top recommended malt barley list

Based on market demand and feedback from the malting industry, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) publishes a list every fall of recommended varieties for producers to grow the following year. And every year, for the last 11, the list has been topped by AC Metcalfe and CDC Copeland. (CDC Copeland joined AC Metcalfe… Read more »

Crisis Services Canada launches Canada Suicide Prevention Service

Fifty years ago today, Distress Centres of Toronto took its first crisis call. Today, Crisis Services Canada (CSC) officially launched the Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS), enabling people from anywhere in the country to access crisis support via telephone, text or chat, in both official languages. Phone: toll free 1-833-456-4566 Text:     45645 Chat:    www.crisisservicescanada.ca The… Read more »

Ontario providing $24 million to Kingston baby formula facility

The Ontario government is investing $24 million in a baby formula production facility being built by a Chinese company in Kingston. Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Feihe International — the owners of Canada Royal Milk — on November 25th in Beijing, China. Slated to open by 2020, the $225 million plant will be the Chinese… Read more »