Ontario’s agriculture ministry is set to hire four new extension staff over three locations: Ridgetown, Kemptville, and Vineland. Job offers are currently posted for a soil fertility specialist, a cropping systems specialist, a livestock specialist, and a lead for horticulture sustainability.   Newly-posted OMAFRA crop and livestock specialist positions at Ridgetown, Kemptville, and Vineland. Soil… Read More

The Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement (CCSI) will use $495,000 in federal funding to work with industry partners to develop a Canada-wide integrated genetic services system to help sheep and goat farmers improve productivity and increase supply. Working with the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association, Ontario Sheep Farmers, the Canadian Goat Society, Canadian Livestock Records Corporation, Centre… Read More

Mayo Schmidt has left his position as president and CEO of Nutrien, the company says. Schmidt stepped in as CEO in April, 2021, after Chuck Magro left the position. Magro saw the company through its merger of PotashCorp and Agrium. Ken Seitz, executive vice president and CEO of Potash, has been named the company’s interim CEO…. Read More

In looking back at the top stories of 2021, a few themes emerge: the year was one of uncertainty, friction, and rising costs. Yes, there were some high points, such as the dream of a snack-fetching drone and announcements of planned domestic processing, but for most of the year, labour issues, supply chain disruption, and… Read More

In light of new public health orders implemented by the Manitoba government, the management and board of directors of Manitoba Ag Days have decided to postpone the large indoor farm show to a later date. The province announced new restrictions on Dec. 27 limiting indoor event attendance to 50% venue capacity with a maximum of… Read More

Plans have been unveiled for another soybean crush plant in the Northern Plains. CGB Enterprises and Minnesota Soybean Processors say they have formed a joint venture to build a soybean processing plant near Casselton, North Dakota — 15 miles west of Fargo and approximately 150 miles south of the Canada-U.S. border crossing at Emerson, Man…. Read More

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has completed its national survey for potato wart ahead of schedule, the federal government says. Potato wart was not detected. The national survey conducted this fall involved soil testing across areas of Canada that grow seed potatoes (except Newfoundland) to confirm that unregulated areas of Canada remain free from… Read More