RealAg Radio, August 23: NAFTA, TPP, and farm journal crop tour updates

Wednesday’s edition of RealAg Radio, hosted by Shaun Haney highlights: President Donald Trump and what his thoughts are on NAFTA; Crop conditions across some of the southern parts of the Canadian prairies – harvest is going way too fast, and crops that don’t typically come off for a few more weeks are already off and… Read More

The co-chairs of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference were beaming on Thursday, as the inaugural beef industry event wrapped up in Calgary. With the theme “Putting It Together…,” the conference brought together the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef and the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, along with hundreds of beef producers… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in Calgary on Wednesday to announce up to $6.4 million over three years to promote Canadian beef. The funding will support Canada Beef’s three-year market development and promotion plan, which targets regional hubs in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. “Canadian farmers and ranchers take pride in producing… Read More

Update: Health Canada formally announced its proposal to approve irradiation of fresh and frozen ground beef on June 17th. A 75-day consultation period with Canadians will end on September 1, 2016. The proposed regulatory changes are published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for June 18, 2016. 18 years after formally asking the Canadian government for… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay visited the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s annual meeting in Ottawa yesterday to announce $4 million in federal funds for three beef projects. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the three initiatives include: $2,601,500 million from the AgriMarketing Assurance Stream toward the development of tools to enable end-users (packers, retail food service), consumers… Read More

Bryan Walton, CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, and general manager of the National Cattle Feeders’ Association, joins us for an update on cattle feeder news, including: the Alberta Beef Industry Conference, the agriculture coalition in Alberta, and a new feedlot assessment tool. Alberta Beef Industry Conference The Alberta Beef Industry Conference kicked off… Read More

Grain markets this week were mostly lower as complex continued to trade sideways. They faltered on Friday with a strong US employment data report and poor US export sales from last week. US corn sales dropped 22% from the week previous, wheat export sales were down 85%, and soybeans were down 69% week-over-week to a… Read More

Grain prices this week flopped around a bit as the market dealt with some currency moves. Relatively decent harvest weather has greeted western Canada and, though dryness concerns are still hitting other parts of the world, it’s time to turn the bushel number counter on for corn and beans across the U.S. and eastern Canada. The Black… Read More