British Columbia farmers who suffered extraordinary damages during November’s devastating floods will have access to up to $228 million in federal-provincial government support. Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Lana Popham, B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, announced the Canada-BC Flood Recovery for Food Security Program on Monday. The program will… Read More

How do you rebuild a farming community after the most serious flooding event in modern history? Last week on the Farmer Rapid Fire, Shaun Haney was joined by Rudi Meier, Abbotsford, B.C.-area farmer. Meier shared what his community is dealing with, now two months after the first flooding began in the Fraser River valley. “There’s… Read More

CN Rail says that train movement has resumed on CN’s rail line on the Kamloops-Vancouver corridor, allowing movement of goods to and from the Vancouver port. “CN would like to thank first responders and all emergency management officials for their support and dedication throughout this ordeal,” the company says. “CN crews will continue to monitor… Read More

We’ve all been watching the situation in British Columbia unravel, as this significant weather event continues to transpire and wreak havoc. Amongst the challenges people are facing in all the areas impacted, are challenges to our transportation system, along the highways and railways. David Przednowek, assistant vice president for grain with CN Rail, joined RealAg… Read More

Canadian Pacific (CP) railway announced November 22 that it would reopen its railway between Kamloops, B.C., and Vancouver by mid-day Tuesday, November 23. Crews have worked around the clock after the November 14 “atmospheric river” rain storm in B.C., where in some locations nearly 200 millimetres of rain fell over two days. Thirty locations across CP’s Thompson and Cascade subdivisions were damaged,… Read More

Every conversation on soil health these days eventually comes around to the topic of organic matter. Does it really matter? What percentage should farmers have in their soil? How do you conserve organic matter? How do you build it? On this episode of Soil School, Bernard Tobin and University of Minnesota soil extension specialist Jodi… Read More

There’s trouble brewing in the mountains and the foothills, as a recent policy change by Alberta’s government puts significant grazing land and water sources at risk, according to ranchers. In June, the Alberta government quietly rescinded a coal mining policy, shocking ranchers in southwestern Alberta. Laura Laing and John Smith, who own Plateau Cattle Co.,… Read More

Another weekend of rain in most of Ontario has left Ontario growers wondering what is the best strategy in the most challenging spring in recent memory. There were some areas that were able to get some planting done, but time is really of the essence. Some dust did fly, but on the eastern side of… Read More

 

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