A University of Saskatchewan researcher is set to receive $2.5 million to improve processes of transforming pulses into novel food ingredients, new bioplastics, and high-value biomedical materials. Dr. Yongfeng Ai has been awarded the funding from the federal government and province of Saskatchewan as part of Saskatchewan’s Strategic Research Initiative Program, which announced its theme… Read More

The federal government announced on Monday, June 21, the easing of some travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians returning to Canada. The Quarantine Act is still in effect however, requiring farm workers to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) says that the requirements of the act, including transportation, food, wages, and… Read More

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are launching a consultation on amalgamating to form a single commission. The Commissions will be soliciting farmers’ opinions beginning in July with an online survey, followed by virtual town hall events after harvest in October, and further dialogue and sessions during regional meetings in November. The commissions have been… Read More

CNH Industrial has reached an agreement to acquire Raven Industries for US$2.1 billion, in a move to enhance CNH’s position in the areas of autonomous and precision agriculture technology. The deal would see the parent company of Case and New Holland acquire 100 per cent of the capital stock in Raven for US$58 per share…. Read More

Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Ag Growth International (AGI) has announced it intends to acquire a minority stake in a startup company in Arizona that’s working on technology for reproducing native soil microbes from farmers’ own soil on-site. MyLand describes itself as offering a unique “Soil-as-a-Service” model that extracts live, native microorganisms directly from a grower’s soil and… Read More

Provincial governments across Canada are consulting with farmers and the agriculture industry as they prepare to hammer out a new five-year federal-provincial-territorial agricultural policy framework. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) — the $3 billion 5-year investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments — is set to expire in 2023. While federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau… Read More

Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has invested funds in a collaborative project between Alberta’s producer-led Crop Sector Working Group (CSWG) and three major life-science companies. The collaboration will be working on a water stewardship and monitoring project. The new project will help ensure that farmers have access to innovative crop protection tools, while upholding sound… Read More

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have been awarded nearly $5.7 million in grants that will support 32 wide-ranging projects. Included in the project list is a study on cattle temperament that’s worth $152,500, titled “Development of a chute-side test to use feedlot cattle temperament as an indicator of disease resilience.” Dr. Diego Moya, Western… Read More

The federal government held campaign-like events in several provinces this week to announce the opening of the application window for its $165.7-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program. Different Liberal MPs hosted virtual visits in Ontario’s Port of Johnstown, B.C.’s Winecrush Technology Inc., and a Manitoba-based biomass grain dryer manufacturer, all highlighting the same program which will provide farmers and… Read More

Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC) has elected a new chair and vice chair and two new directors to its board at its recent annual general meeting. Brian Miller, a Huron County farmer and the poultry industry representative on the board, steps up as chair of the organization, while Don Gordon, a farmer from the… Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario has launched a 10-part video series aimed at researchers, post-secondary educators, policy makers, and students to gain better foundational knowledge of grain farming in Ontario. The Ontario Grain Farming 101 video series, available on YouTube, covers a wide range of topics including farm business management, technology used by farmers,  sustainability initiatives… Read More

The Canadian Western Agribition’s scholarship program is now open for applications. The program, intended to provide financial support and incentive to young people in order to pursue post-secondary and graduate education, is open to students in their second or subsequent year in programs at least two years in duration. Applicants must be passionate about agriculture… Read More

Richardson Pioneer has formally announced plans to build a new high throughput elevator at Carmichael, Sask, about 65 kilometres west of Swift Current. Construction on the new facility began earlier this month, and is expected to be complete by fall of 2022. The new elevator will include 46,000 metric tonnes of storage capacity, with loop… Read More

4-H Ontario will receive $700,000 per year for the next two years to support the growth of the province’s next generation of agri-food leaders, thanks to a grant from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). The organization will use the grant to develop educational content and first-hand learning experiences to “inspire the next generation to explore exciting… Read More