Category: News

Schwartzkopf-Genswein receives beef industry award

Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, a senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, received the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary last night. Dr. Schwartzkopf-Genswein was honoured for her contributions to advancements in the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry through her… Read more »

U of M dairy research receives $1.4 million in gov’t funding

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eichler  were at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station south of Winnipeg on Wednesday to announce more than $1.4 million in funding for dairy research. The investment will go towards animal nutrition, health, and welfare research, as well as well as to aid… Read more »

MRLs established enabling preharvest application of Heat LQ on wheat and barley

BASF says it has cleared all necessary approvals, including the establishment of maximum residue limits (MRLs) in all major export markets, enabling pre-harvest application of Heat LQ herbicide on wheat and barley in Western Canada. “This is something producers have been asking for for a really long time, and now that we’re in a position… Read more »

U.S. dairy industry rejects Canada’s version of dairy trade story

As NAFTA negotiations begin on Wednesday, there’s no question dairy is one of the few agricultural issues where there’s a serious conflict between Canadian and American objectives. On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland released Canada’s list of demands, with protection of supply management for dairy and poultry on the list. Freeland made it clear… Read more »

Brad Wall announces retirement

After almost 10 years as Premier of Saskatchewan, in a surprise to many, Brad Wall announced his upcoming retirement from politics on Thursday. “I’ve always thought that the 10 year mark – should I be so fortunate to serve that long – might be the right time to reevaluate,” said Wall in a video announcement…. Read more »

DuPont buying Granular farm management software provider

DuPont is bolstering its presence in digital ag services, announcing a deal on Wednesday to acquire San Francisco-based Granular, Inc. Started in 2014, Granular provides software and analytic tools focused on improving farm efficiency and profitability, as well as operating a farmland real estate website. “This acquisition is an important component of our commitment to… Read more »

Nuffield scholarship recipients for 2018 announced

Nuffield Canada has announced its four scholarship recipients for 2018. Ellen Crane of Murray Siding, Nova Scotia; Josh Oulton of Port Williams, Nova Scotia; Gavin Robertson of Niagara, Ontario; and Shelly Spruitt of Mountain, Ontario will receive funding for international studies focusing on topics that they have chosen as part of their application. All four… Read more »

Syngenta receives rights to Enlist soybeans and corn

Syngenta plans to sell soybean and corn varieties with the Enlist herbicide tolerance trait after reaching non-exclusive licensing agreements with Dow AgroSciences and M.S. Technologies. The licenses include the Enlist E3 trait for soybeans in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America, and the global rights for the Enlist event in corn. The Enlist weed control… Read more »

SaskPulse extends levy reduction for another year

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers is extending the temporary reduction of the levy it collects on pulses and soybeans grown in the province for another year, as it draws down its surplus accumulated with record pulse acres and strong prices in recent years. SPG reduced its non-refundable checkoff from 1 to 0.67% of gross sales on August… Read more »

Ottawa names deputy ambassador, advisory council for NAFTA negotiations

With the two week countdown on ahead of NAFTA negotiations, the Canadian government is bolstering its team in Washington and establishing a council to provide advice to Canadian negotiators. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Wednesday that she’s sending Canada’s chief negotiator in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations to Washington as a deputy ambassador. Kirsten Hillman,… Read more »

Canadian dairy groups disappointed with Canada-EU cheese import allocation

Canada’s dairy processors and producers say the federal government has “failed to adequately support its dairy sector” after announcing plans for the allocation of cheese import licenses through the Canada-European Union trade deal (CETA). Canada agreed to tariff rate quotas for nearly 18 million kilograms of annual cheese imports in CETA under two categories: 16… Read more »

Conversations taking place on potential Cigi and Cereals Canada amalgamation

The end of the Canadian Wheat Board as a single desk marketer of Canadian wheat and barley five years ago triggered a number of major changes in Canada’s cereal crop industry. Most of the dust stirred up by dismantling the CWB has settled, but there’s potential for more change. Recognizing gaps left by the end… Read more »

AGCO reaches deal to buy Precision Planting from Climate Corp.

The Climate Corporation has found another buyer for its Precision Planting equipment business. Less than three months after the Monsanto subsidiary cancelled the sale of Precision Planting LLC to Deere & Co., a deal has been struck to sell Precision Planting to AGCO. “As a leading global equipment manufacturer, AGCO is uniquely positioned to enable… Read more »

National food policy survey deadline pushed back to August 31

The federal government has issued an extension for sharing views on what Canada’s first national food policy should look like. The online survey and comment period, which was originally slated to end on July 27, has been extended to August 31. (Find the survey here.) “A strong response from across the country has prompted Agriculture… Read more »

CCA urges federal response for ranchers affected by B.C. wildfires

With an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cattle left behind in areas evacuated due to wildfires in B.C.’s central and southern interior, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says it has asked the federal government for a quick response to help affected ranchers. “As an initial start, the CCA is requesting the federal government provide a tax deferral… Read more »