With coronavirus cases on the rise, the federal and provincial governments have increased risk mitigation measures to slow down the spread of the virus. Farmers and ranchers are a relatively independent and often secluded, so the impact of any quarantine would be limited on daily operations during planting or calving. The business risk to agriculture… Read More

Statistics Canada’s Farm Product Price Index (FPPI) increased 1.4 per cent in December compared with the same month a year earlier, mainly due to higher hog and cattle prices. This was the first increase after three consecutive monthly year-over-year decreases. The FPPI measures the changes in prices that farmers receive for the agriculture commodities they… Read More

Today, host Shaun Haney is broadcasting from Ottawa, Ont., for a special show on Canada’s Ag Day. Hear: Collaboration, networking, and an update from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, with president Mary Robinson; McDonald’s Flagship Farmer Program, and collaboration with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, with Jean-Guillaume Bertola, marketing director – brand strategy and… Read More

“We haven’t been good at telling consumers and our customers in other parts of the world how we are sustainable.” That’s the message from the honourable Ted Menzies at this year’s Prairie Cereals Summit. Menzies was there to give an update to attendees on what the framework looks like surrounding the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable… Read More

Labour shortages in agriculture are a challenge across nearly the entire sector, and unfortunately the issue cannot be fixed overnight. At this year’s Canadian Beef Industry Conference held at Calgary, Alta., the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) gave an update on the state of labour for the beef industry, along with agriculture as a… Read More

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) named a new chair at its annual general meeting held recently in Calgary. Anne Wasko will take the gavel from outgoing chair Cherie Barnes and build on the momentum that the program has already achieved. Followers of RealAgriculture will be quite familiar with Anne Wasko who has been providing… Read More

Having undergone recent changes by the former Liberal government, Ontario’s new government has announced its own changes for the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, with more consultation planned. “We heard livestock farmers’ concerns with the program so we’re making the first changes effective immediately,” says Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in a… Read More

Depending on where you’re located, what you have for cattle feed could be drastically different then what your neighbour 10 miles away has. It also differs from province to province. It’s been dry in much of Western Canada, as well as parts of Ontario, resulting in low yields and producers scrambling for feed come the… Read More

What do you get when you connect two ‘city kid’ filmmakers, a world-class chef, and nine farmers and their families? You get Before The Plate, a genuine behind-the-kitchen-door, on-the-farm look at how food is produced in Canada, and the passion and commitment chefs and farmers apply to their craft. The driving force behind the film… Read More

We were warned early on by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland that the NAFTA talks would be rocky. She was right. We are through seven rounds and more clouds hang over the talks than ever. With a Mexican election on July 1, and the fall U.S. midterms surely pushing talks into 2019, the U.S. President… Read More

McDonald’s has announced that they are “elevating [their] global commitment to source chickens raised with improved welfare outcomes”. It’s a topic that has been on the company’s radar for decades, according to Bruce Feinberg, senior director at McDonald’s, responsible for Global Quality Systems for chicken, beef, pork, fish and dairy products. “Shortly after I joined McDonald’s in… Read More

 

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