Finance Canada is holding consultations this month on how to enable intergenerational farm transfers.
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Government gathers input on intergenerational farm transfers

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture continues to push for a comprehensive review of the Income Tax Act

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Finance Canada is holding consultations this month on how to enable intergenerational farm transfers. Canadian Federation of Agriculture vice-president Norm Hall said the department committed to the consultations after efforts last summer and autumn to overturn proposed federal tax changes that would hinder farm transfers. He told the Farming For Profit? […] Read more

Finding out what kind of microbes are living in the soil may help producers determine overall soil health.  |  Getty illustration

It’s the little things in life that count

Microbes are the vehicles that transfer nutrients to plant roots in your fields. Counting these tiny living beings may give you a meaningful reading on the health and potential of your soil. As the science of soil becomes increasingly aware of the role microbes play, we’re seeing more commercial soil additives claiming to foster microbial […] Read more

FarmTRX enables growers to create yield maps and offers a cloud storage option that provides a catalogue of all of their mapped fields sorted by year. | Robin Booker photo

Older combines with enhanced data collection

A yield monitor retrofit by FarmTRX enables growers to fit their older combines with yield-mapping technology similar to late model combines. “I’m an old hardware guy so I designed a task-specific processor box that records the data. We use your smartphone for a real-time display and to configure what you’re doing, what crop you’re in […] Read more


The CropScan 3000H captures clean grain coming up the combine’s clean grain elevator, scans it with near infrared technology, analyzes the readings, and then sends the information to a touch screen PC in the combine’s cab. | Robin Booker photo

Up Next: get more data from the combine

Growers are able to create data-rich yield maps by installing a grain analyzer in their combine. “We are measuring protein, moisture, oil, fibre, starch as you are harvesting,” Victoria Clancy of Next Instruments said at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. Next Instruments from Australia recently released its CropScan 3000H in Canada, which is the […] Read more

Using drones to assess crop damage can provide a return on the investment.  |  File photo

Drones fly higher in three ag applications

Regina — Unmanned aerial vehicle applications in agriculture have been over-promised and under-delivered, says Kelsey Martin of Martin Remote Sensing. He said the perspectives of hardware and software manufacturers, academics and service providers that use drone technologies have been given too much weight in media coverage. “There has been a bias because what’s happened is […] Read more


SaskFSA says the drainage strategy that the Saskatchewan government implemented in 2016 is still a work in progress.  |  File photo

Eastern Sask. farmer wrestles with drainage approval

KIPLING, Sask. — Eric Widdup says the Water Security Agency’s permitting process for agricultural drainage is exasperating. “The politics and the red tape involved are overwhelming,” he told a Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities division meeting last month. “It’s almost like pulling teeth to get an ag drainage permit. The process is at best dysfunctional […] Read more

Jacob Marfo, manager and research co-ordinator with the Mackenzie Applied Research Association, looks at how his organic oat trials are doing in Fort Vermilion, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Northern organic farmers get help

Fort Vermilion, Alta. — A new organic program in northern Alberta hopes to help solve farmers’ woes when it comes to growing in the region. The recently launched Mackenize County Organic Success Program will see the hiring of an agronomist to help with issues relating to weeds, soil fertility, crop rotations, finances and marketing. As […] Read more

McDonald's Canada said more than 20 million Angus beef burgers will be sourced starting this year using animal care and environmental standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. | File photo

McDonald’s to offer sustainable burgers

McDonald’s Canada plans to offer certified sustainable beef burgers on its menus. Using animal care and environmental standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the company said more than 20 million Angus beef burgers will be sourced starting this year. McDonald’s will use the roundtable logo that represents production and processing standards based […] Read more


Bothwell Cheese buys milk from three Manitoba dairy farms that feed their cows non-GM feed. | File photo

Cheese maker hopes to carve out niche in non-GMO market

The Non-GMO Project verifies more than 50,000 food products and two of those items are now made in New Bothwell, Man. Earlier this year Bothwell Cheese launched the first Non-GMO verified cheese in Canada. The company is selling medium and old cheddar, Non-GMO verified, at Save On Foods, Sobeys and several small grocery chains across […] Read more