The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) has named Lisa Bishop Spencer as its new executive director, effective March 4th, 2024. “The opportunity to make a meaningful impact to the CCFI’s by fostering transparency and confidence in our nation’s food production is both a privilege and a responsibility that I wholeheartedly embrace. I am proud to have been selected as…
The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) has named Lisa Bishop Spencer as its new executive director, effective March 4th, 2024.
“The opportunity to make a meaningful impact to the CCFI’s by fostering transparency and confidence in our nation’s food production is both a privilege and a responsibility that I wholeheartedly embrace. I am proud to have been selected as Executive Director, and I look forward to working with the dedicated team at CCFI to deliver on our mandate,” she says.
Bishop-Spencer has focused her career on strategic communications, public relations, and brand management within the agriculture and food industry.
Bishop-Spencer most recently served as the director of transit strategic communications and external relations for the City of Ottawa, navigating stakeholder environments and leading a team driving important communications strategies. Prior to joining the City of Ottawa, she spent over two decades at Chicken Farmers of Canada, where she held various leadership positions, including director of brand and communications and manager of communications.
Mike Dungate, chair of the CCFI board of directors, expressed his confidence in Lisa’s ability to advance CCFI’s mission, stating, “Her extensive experience within the food industry, coupled with her strategic leadership and dedication to fostering transparency and trust, make her the ideal candidate to lead our organization. We are thrilled to welcome Lisa as the new executive director of CCFI.”
Sales of new tractors and combines have slowed down from a year ago, almost certainly due to lower commodity prices and higher interest rates. Combine and four-wheel drive tractor sales…
Sales of new tractors and combines have slowed down from a year ago, almost certainly due to lower commodity prices and higher interest rates.
Combine and four-wheel drive tractor sales ended 2023 up slightly while sales of small tractors were down — in both the U.S. and Canada
“As we look ahead to 2024. we’re seeing more of the same. There’s some softness — we started off a little bit softer in January, probably because of commodity prices, maybe because of interest rates, but overall, the fundamentals of agriculture continue to be strong,” says Curt Blades, senior vice-president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), speaking with RealAgriculture’s Bern Tobin at the 2024 Commodity Classic in Houston, Tx.
It’s just one month, but the number of new 2-wheel-drive tractor sales recorded by AEM in January was down 30.7 per cent in Canada and 21.6 per cent in the U.S. compared with the same period in 2023.
Sales have remained more resilient in the more expensive combine and high horsepower categories. Combine sales were down 9.5 per cent north of the border, and 4.9 per cent in the U.S. year-over-year in January. Sales of 4-wheel-drive machines were flat in Canada, and up 1.4 per cent in the U.S.
Deere, Case, and New Holland are among the manufacturers that have unveiled new combines over the past few months, from the New Holland CR11 at Agritechnica in Germany in November to Deere’s new S7 series at Commodity Classic this week.
“There are seven combines on the floor here at Commodity Classic — that’s the most I’ve ever seen here,” notes Blades. “Some of those are new, a couple of them are being seen in the public for the first time. That’s pretty exciting. That’s new technology, and obviously a farmer doesn’t buy a combine for next year’s harvest. They buy a combine for the next 5, 10 years of harvest. And when they’re doing that, they’re making that sizable investment because it makes good sense economically for their business.”
Check out the interview below for more with Curt Blades on machinery market trends, including whether supply chains have caught up after widespread challenges a few years ago, and the future of alternative energy sources in the field:
John Deere has unveiled a lineup of new machines and technology at Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas, this week, including the anticipated 830 horsepower 9RX series tractors, as well as…
John Deere has unveiled a lineup of new machines and technology at Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas, this week, including the anticipated 830 horsepower 9RX series tractors, as well as S7 Series combines and C-Series air carts.
“This is one of the largest product launches in our company’s history, and it reflects John Deere’s commitment to seeking input from our customers and delivering quality solutions that unlock new value for their operations,” said Aaron Wetzel, Deere’s Vice President of Production & Precision Agriculture Production Systems.
RealAgriculture’s Bern Tobin and Shaun Haney are in Houston, so stay tuned for their more in-depth reports on everything new at the show.
Highlights from Deere’s announcement:
- 9RX series tractors
- available in three new high-horsepower four-track models: the 9RX 710, the 9RX 770 and the 9RX 830.
- powered by the JD18 engine — a Final Tier 4/Stage V-compliant 18-liter engine that meets emissions requirements using exhaust-gas recirculation technology, eliminating the need for diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).
- come with an optional 168gpm hydraulic system and up to 84 thousand pounds of ballast.
- MY25 high-horsepower 9RX models will be available for order starting mid-March. (Additional model-year updates also available for 7 and 8 Series tractors.)
- S7 Series combines
- new models include:
- S7 600: 333hp/249kw rated power; 367hp/274kw max power
- S7 700: 402hp/300kw rated power; 460hp/343kw max power
- S7 800: 473hp/353kw rated power; 540hp/402kw max power
- S7 900: 543hp/405kw rated power; 617hp/460kw max power
S7 combines will be powered by the JD14 13.6L engine, or the JD9 9L engine, both in Final Tier 4 configuration and designed to produce higher power at lower RPMs.
- will feature the Premium PowerCast tailboard to more consistently size and spread fine- or extra-fine cut residue up to 45 feet.
- optional automation features based on ground speed, harvest settings, and predictive ground speed (based on crop height and biomass measurements from satellite imagery and real-time measurements made by cab-mounted cameras.)
- a new cross-auger shutoff feature completely empties the unloading system, reducing weight in the unloading auger and reducing wear on the associated belts.
- new models include:
- C-Series air carts
- corrosion-resistant AccuRate stainless steel, electronically controlled meters.
- quicker calibration with EZCal calibration system.
- the new C-Series model numbers, capacities, configurations and tank splits include:
- C350L/C350T: 350 bushels (160/190 bu), leading and trailing
- C400L/C400T: 400 bushels (160/50/190 bu), leading and trailing
- C500L/C500T: 500 bushels (190/90/220 bu), leading and trailing
- C550L/C550T: 550 bushels (190/90/50/220 bu), leading and trailing
- C650L/C650T: 650 bushels (50/260/130/210 bu), leading and trailing
- C850T: 850 bushels (50/260/130/410 bu), trailing only
- Hagie sprayers
- See & Spray Premium weed sensing technology will be available on model-year 2025 Hagie STS sprayers.
- Autonomy-ready options
- wheeled and four-track MY25 8 Series and 9 Series tractors will have an autonomous-ready option that will include rear implement ethernet, new visibility features, a back-up alarm, a 330-amp alternator, a brake controller and valve, and necessary connectors, controllers and harnesses.
Steve Verheul, now principal with GT Canada, served as Canada’s chief trade negotiator for several large trade deals, including what eventually became the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement, or USMCA/CUSMA. This week,…
Steve Verheul, now principal with GT Canada, served as Canada’s chief trade negotiator for several large trade deals, including what eventually became the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement, or USMCA/CUSMA. This week, he joined Shaun Haney on RealAg Radio, recorded live at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s AGM in Ottawa.
They spoke about:
- Multi-lateral vs bi-lateral trade deals in the Canadian context
- The state of the WTO
- USMCA/CUSMA review/renegotiation
- Bill C-282
- Carbon border adjustments
After the show, Haney caught up with Verheul to discuss further. Below, hear about what happened behind the scenes on the NAFTA renegotiation, reasons why beef is not moving to the UK, and why some trade talks are far more difficult that others.
The federal government is contributing $3.1 million to further develop the National Index on Agri-Food Performance. A pilot version of the index, which was designed to measure and support marketing…
The federal government is contributing $3.1 million to further develop the National Index on Agri-Food Performance.
A pilot version of the index, which was designed to measure and support marketing around the sustainability of food produced in Canada, was launched in May 2023.
As of early 2024, the Centre for Agri-Food Benchmarking, led by executive director and index founder David McInnes, has been set up under the umbrella of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI,) with partners having approved an initial four-year plan.
On Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced $3.1 million to support the index initiative through CAPI. The funds are coming from the AgriAssurance program, which is part of the federal and provincial governments’ five-year Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership launched in 2023.
“Consumers around the world are looking for more sustainable products, and I have no doubt that our innovative Canadian farmers can meet that demand. This funding will improve the National Index on Agri-Food Performance, helping the sector take advantage of market opportunities, and backing up our efforts with concrete data,” said MacAulay. “By making sure everyone measures sustainability in the same way, we’re moving closer toward our goals both nationally and globally.”
CAPI will use the funding to include more partners in refining the index, to fill in missing information, and to make upgrades to the pilot version of the index, which involved 142 private and public partners.
“Together with an unprecedented coalition of partners, we will improve and promote the use of Canada’s first agri-food sustainability index in the marketplace,” noted McInnes. “In a more demanding food world, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s investment can help the country’s agri-food sector to be a global leader in grounding sustainability claims in data.”
According to the Centre for Agri-Food Benchmarking’s website, the bench-marking of agri-food practices is becoming essential to operate and compete for market access worldwide, with countries positioning their respective food systems as “the most sustainable.”
“Proof of sustainability can favour Canada. Canadian agriculture has among the lowest environmental footprints anywhere and is a global leader in food safety,” the site reads, noting Canada is well-positioned to leverage such leadership.
CAPI, meanwhile, welcomes the opportunity to house the centre “as part of our ongoing efforts to advance policy solutions that realize the full potential of Canada’s agriculture and food system,” notes managing director Tyler McCann.