Category: News

U.S. Farm Groups Voice Concern Over Trump’s TPP Withdrawal

Although United States farm groups and ag interests are still sorting out where they stand with the new administration, several voiced immediate criticism of President Trump’s formal commitment to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday. The TPP — a multilateral trade deal between Canada, the U.S. and 10 other countries around the Pacific Rim —… Read more »

OSCIA Announces Controlled Tile Drainage Project

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has announced a new partnership through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) program. The project, entitled ‘Controlled Tile Drainage – Calculate Your Benefits’, will partner OSCIA with scientists at the University of Ottawa to research the crop yield benefits of controlled tile drainage. Controlled tile drainage… Read more »

French Company Roquette to Build $400 Million Pea Processing Plant in Manitoba

The chairman and CEO for French food ingredient company Roquette were in Winnipeg on Wednesday to announce plans for a $400 million pea processing plant to be built near Portage la Prairie, Man. Coinciding with Global Pulse Day, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler hosted the announcement at the Manitoba Legislative Building…. Read more »

Take a Full 360-Degree Virtual Farm Tour

Farm & Food Care has launched several new virtual tours, with all-new 360 degree views and even a virtual reality component. Using 360-degree cameras and virtual reality technology, the new FarmFood360° website gives Canadians the chance to tour real, working farms and food processing plants, all without putting on boots or leaving the comfort of… Read more »

BeGrainSafe Sees Official Launch at Manitoba AgDays

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is officially launching BeGrainSafe, its new grain safety program. The official launch of the program will be at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon this week from January 17 to 19, 2017. “Ag Days has time and again shown commitment to farm safety. This launch gives CASA the opportunity to showcase the… Read more »

Leal Remains Ag Minister in Ontario Cabinet Shuffle; Takes on Added Portfolio

Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, Jeff Leal, has kept his post in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet mini-shuffle announced today. In addition to remaining the agriculture minister, Leal was also named the minister “responsible for small business.” Today I was pleased to be named Minister Responsible for Small Business, in addition to serving… Read more »

Sask Ag Hall of Fame Finalizes 2017 Inductee Lineup

The Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame announced its final three inductees for 2017 at CropSphere in Saskatoon on Wednesday. Biotech champion Wilf Keller, seedgrower Donna Edwards and soil scientist Bob McKercher join grain industry champion Art Mainil (deceased), beef industry advocate Tim Oleksyn and farm innovator George Cooper (deceased), whose inductions were announced during Agribition… Read more »

Grain World Conference Revived for 2017

FarmLink and Farm At Hand have announced the return of Grain World for 2017. The revamped conference will be held at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg November 14 and 15, 2017. The two-day conference will feature keynote addresses from journalists Andrew Coyne and Michael Landsberg along with industry experts covering outlooks on major Canadian crops, and… Read more »

Freeland Retains U.S. Trade File in Federal Cabinet Shuffle

Chrystia Freeland is handing over the federal government’s trade portfolio, with one major exception. As part of the cabinet shuffle announced on Tuesday, Freeland was named Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, but she’s retaining the Canada-U.S. relations file, including trade relations. Quebec MP Francois-Philippe Champagne, formerly the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, becomes… Read more »

Grassland Stewardship Program Offers Two Intakes for 2017

Farmers and land owners will have two chances this year to access funding under the Grassland Stewardship Program (GSP) beginning with a January 9th to February 1 intake. The program, administered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and funded through the federal Environment and Climate Change Canada department, provides funding to implement forage… Read more »

Ted Menzies Steps Down from CropLife Canada

CropLife Canada has started looking for a new president and CEO, as Ted Menzies has stepped down due to a “serious health problem.” Menzies, a long-time Alberta farmer and former Member of Parliament, has led the plant science industry organization since January 2014. The health issue was identified in late December. “Ted contributed a great… Read more »

Patti Miller Appointed Chief Commissioner of the CGC

Update: This story originally stated Miller’s appointment begins March 13, 2017, but according to the ag minister’s office, there was an error in the order posted by the Privy Council. As noted in the minister’s official announcement on January 3, Miller’s appointment begins February 13, 2017. The president of the Canola Council of Canada is moving… Read more »

Essay Contest to Win Your Way to ’17 Youth Ag Summit

The third annual Global Youth Agriculture Summit will be held from October 9 to 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The 2017 summit is hosted by Bayer and two Belgian young farmers associations, Groene Kring and Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs. Canada will send four selected candidates to the summit, two of which will be chosen through… Read more »

Saskatchewan Names Farm & Food Champions

For the first time, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan have honoured an individual and an organization as “Champions” of food and farming. Announced earlier this month in conjunction with the Farm & Food Care Farms at the Table conference, the Champion Award was given to Dr. Leigh Rosengren, a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and beef producer from… Read more »

G3 Unveils Plan for Vancouver Port Terminal

G3 — the grain company that acquired the former Canadian Wheat Board — has unveiled plans to build the first fully new grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver since the 1960s. Located in North Vancouver, the 180,000-tonne facility will feature a rail loop track that will be capable of holding three 134-car trains (see drawing… Read more »