Tag: AAFC

Major funding announcement kicks off Agribition

Entering its 48th year, Agribition has officially kicked off in Regina, Saskatchewan. During the opening remarks it was announced that the federal and provincial governments will invest up to $500,000 to support the Canadian Western Agribition (CWA). The funding will be in increments of $100,000 per year and run until 2023. The costs will be… Read more »

Federal government invests in research to reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is taking steps to fund research on agriculture’s impact on the environment. According to a news release, the purpose of the research is to, “help farmers and livestock producers have a beneficial impact on the environment, while continuing to grow the economy.” The announcement, made by Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence… Read more »

MacAulay back from China with $353 million in trade agreements under his belt

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food has returned from his roughly two-week trip to China. The trip was to strengthen trade relations and increase market access. Lawrence MacAulay headed overseas to also attend and lead Canada’s delegation to the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. There, more than 100,000 people visited the Canadian pavilion… Read more »

Wheat School: Wheat genome map a vital new tool, but scientists are still the heart of wheat breeding

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) at Lethbridge, Alta., is a big sprawling facility that does a wide variety of research. That being said, they are particularly known for their wheat research, and for good reason. They do innovative work, and the research team has bred many stalwart wheat varieties for Canadian farmers. In this episode… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept. 10: AAFC unveils app, faba bean harvest prep, and wet weather woes for Ontario’s corn crop

RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney, opens agronomic Monday with news about a new app from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Saskatchewan field editor Dale Leftwich speaks to field crop entomologist Tyler Wist, from AAFC, about their new Cereal Aphid Manager (CAM) app. It’s the first app AAFC has ever had and features pictures both of the… Read more »

Canola School: Dialling in seedbed-safe rates for phosphate

All farmers want to get their crops off to a good start, and the right amount of phosphate gives canola that pop-up effect that farmers just love to see. There is, however, such thing as too much of a good thing. It turns out that although much research has been done on safe rates of… Read more »

Wheat School: Tips for fungicide decisions in a dry year

Dry conditions across much of Western Canada have some growers wrestling with the decision on whether or not to apply a fungicide — or to go with one application instead of two — to prevent leaf disease and fusarium head blight infection. There are several factors to consider, says Kelly Turkington, with Agriculture and Agri-Food… Read more »

Canola School: Lessons learned about weed seed destruction machines

With increasing cases of herbicide resistance, machines designed to destroy weed seeds at harvest could be a valuable tool. But like any technology that is not yet widely adopted, there are also some lessons to be learned and challenges to overcome, as researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada confirmed last year. 2017 marked the first… Read more »

Tracking crop production from the sky leads to delicious rural finds

We’ve got the tech, so how far off are we from satellite imagery replacing Statistics Canada’s phone surveys? We’re half-kidding, but yes, some information formerly gathered through phone calls has already been shifted to remote sensing, says Leander Campbell, remote sensing specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). You may not know it, but each year… Read more »

MacAulay launches six federal programs under new Canadian Agriculture Partnership

With the five-year Growing Forward 2 agriculture framework wrapping up next month, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay launched six federal programs under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) at the Canada’s Agriculture Day celebration in Ottawa on Tuesday. CAP is the acronym for the new $3 billion, five-year federal-provincial-territorial agriculture funding agreement that begins on… Read more »

Canola School: Identifying the new mystery midge

Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are in the process of identifying and describing a tiny midge species that was first confirmed in canola fields in parts of Western Canada last year. It’s not swede midge, as was previously thought. This new species belongs to the same Contarinia genus, but is more robust, has hairier… Read more »

Canola School: One cool crop — how canola sequesters carbon and reflects the sun

Canola is a “cool” crop in more ways than one, including how it can have a role in mitigating climate change. “From the point of view of global warming or climate change, canola is different from other crops that we grow commonly, and that is that it produces a lot of residue for every seed… Read more »

National priorities laid out for Canadian wheat research

Canada’s wheat industry, working together with the federal government, laid out its priorities for research in a national report unveiled at press conference in Saskatoon on Tuesday. Led by Cereals Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the 2017 Canadian Wheat Research Priorities Report is being described as the first time the wheat industry has come… Read more »

Wheat School: Putting a value on the “unpaid army”

Beneficial insects provide free labour in the field, preying on insect pests, but what is that labour worth? Because we don’t know the economic value of most of these insects, they don’t necessarily get factored into the decision to go ahead with spraying an insecticide. Finding economic values for the work these beneficial bugs are… Read more »

Ag ministers reach deal on new framework dubbed the “Canadian Agricultural Partnership”

Agriculture ministers from across Canada say they reached an agreement in St. John’s today on the core elements of the next agriculture policy framework, which will be called the “Canadian Agricultural Partnership.” CAP is a five-year $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial funding agreement that will replace the current framework, known as Growing Forward 2, which expires at the… Read more »