Category: News

Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame announces inductees for 2018

The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association has named its five inductees for 2018. Combined, the influence of these five men spans 150 years. This year’s inductees were chosen for the legacy each of their careers has left on the Ontario farm industry. The inductees are: William Harvey Beaty (1916-1994) Born in Halton Region, William Beaty… Read more »

Quebec farmers will need a prescription to access these 5 pesticides

Similar to regulations introduced in Ontario in 2015, Quebec announced this week that farmers will require an agronomist’s prescription before accessing any of the three neonicotinoid insecticides, chlorpyrifos (also an insecticide), and the herbicide atrazine. Isabelle Melançon, Quebec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, cited the risk to pollinators as… Read more »

Former 4-H Canada president appointed to the Senate

One of two Canadians appointed to represent Ontario in the Senate of Canada on Thursday has a strong connection to the agriculture community. Robert (Rob) Black of Wellington County is a 4-H Canada past president, board member and staff member, having been involved in 4-H for over 40 years. He’s also a board member for… Read more »

PepsiCo announces closure of Bow Island Spitz plant

Two years after the closure of its Medicine Hat distribution facility, PepsiCo has announced it will close the Spitz International Inc facility at Bow Island. PepsiCo first acquired the Alberta-based company ten years ago. The food and beverage giant sent this statement to RealAgriculture, February 16: “Yesterday we announced our difficult decision to close our… Read more »

Western Canada’s protein supercluster tapped for a cut of $950 million

Protein Industries Canada was named today as one of the winning proponents under the federal Innovation Superclusters Program. The funding model is part of the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan “to spark growth and help Canada realize its potential as a global leader in innovation” though creating large-scale industry partnerships. Protein Industries Canada, based… Read more »

Simplot announces $460 million potato plant expansion at Portage la Prairie

Simplot announced a $460 million expansion of its potato processing facility at Portage la Prairie, Man. on Wednesday. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler were on hand with J.R. Simplot CEO Bill Whitacre to announce the investment, an expansion that will add nearly 100 jobs to the facility. “Manitoba delivers in so… Read more »

SaskFlax hires agronomist to support flax growers

The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission has hired its own agronomist to support flax growers in the province. Michelle Beaith joined SaskFlax as of Monday. “Having a flax agronomist will be hugely beneficial to our organization and to flax producers,” says Wayne Thompson, executive director for SaskFlax, in a statement. “Michelle will be able to help… Read more »

Grain Farmers of Ontario names new chair

Grain Farmers of Ontario have named its 2018 executive, including Markus Haerle as its new board chair. Haerle replaces Mark Brock, who served as chair for the last three years. The province’s largest commodity organization, Grain Farmers of Ontario represents 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers. The balance of the 2018 executive committee… Read more »

Last quarantine lifted in Alberta bovine TB investigation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada this week announced a release of all quarantines related to the bovine tuberculosis investigation in Western Canada. According to a press release, the release from quarantine includes 79 trace-out herds with approximately 15,000 animals, and 71 trace-in herds, also with roughly 15,000 animals. “I am… Read more »

Ontario government marks Canada’s Ag Day with $713 million commitment to University of Guelph

The Ontario government has made a 10-year, $713 million commitment to fund agriculture research at the University of Guelph. Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, was joined by University of Guelph President Dr. Franco Vaccarino, in Guelph today to sign the agreement and mark Canada’s Agriculture Day. “We look forward to… Read more »

Manitoba Flax Growers moving in with Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers

The Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA) has found a new home. The provincial flax organization was previously headquartered in Winnipeg at the Flax Council of Canada’s office, but the Flax Council closed its doors at the end of January. As of March 1, 2018, the provincial flax organization will have its operations and programming administered… Read more »

Health Canada launches consultations on food warning labels

The federal government has launched consultations on regulations for new “front-of-package” food labels designed to communicate if a food is high in sodium, sugars, or saturated fat. “The consultations launched today are geared towards helping Canadians make healthier food choices. Identifying foods that are high in sodium, sugars, or saturated fat is not always easy,… Read more »

MacAulay non-committal on dairy program to offset CPTPP concessions

The federal Liberals remain non-committal on whether they will offer compensation to the supply-managed dairy and poultry sectors for market access that will be conceded if the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is ratified. The CPTPP terms agreed to last month would open up an additional 3.25 percent of Canada’s domestic dairy… Read more »

India adds new import surcharge and higher chickpea duty

India’s government has made it even more expensive to export products — including pulse crops — into the country. On Tuesday, India announced a 10 percent increase to its duty on chickpeas, raising the import tariff from 30 to 40 percent. The move comes days after the India’s finance minister introduced a new surcharge to… Read more »

New federal fisheries legislation aimed at “restoring protection to all fish habitats”

The federal government introduced amendments to the Fisheries Act on Tuesday aimed at restoring “protections to all fish and fish habitats that were lost with changes that were made in 2012.” “I am pleased we are introducing amendments to the Fisheries Act that will restore the protections for fish and fish habitat that were lost… Read more »