Senate holds up transportation legislation

Canada’s transportation modernization act won’t get through the Senate before Christmas, leaving grain shippers to cross their fingers and hope the weather and railways co-operate this winter. Statistics Canada last week released 2017 production estimates showing larger than expected canola and wheat crops and a 93 million tonne overall crop. No one wants a repeat […] Read more

Many prairie farmers got a break from hail damage this year

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Western Canadian farmers with hail insurance were paid $96 million on about 8,600 claims, making 2017 one of the lightest claim years since 2009, the CCHA said. […] Read more

China’s pork price slide curbs imports

LUOHE, China (Reuters) — Hog prices in China are expected to fall further next year, curbing demand for imports from the world’s top pork consumer and pushing United States-based Smithfield to build sales elsewhere, WH Group executives said. Smithfield, the biggest U.S. pork producer, has already boosted sales to Mexico, Japan and South Korea this […] Read more

AG Notes

Sask Wheat directors elected Sask Wheat has elected four directors to serve for the next four years. Bill Gehl of Regina, the most recent chair of the development commission, was re-elected, as was Ken Rosaasen, who farms near Preeceville. Both have served on the board since 2014. Joining them are newcomers Brett Halstead from Nokomis […] Read more

VIDEO: B.C. to continue with Site C dam project; farmers dismayed

The B.C. government is forging ahead with building the controversial Site C dam project, a decision that is leaving ranchers and farmers along the construction route disappointed. Premier John Horgan announced today that the government will continue to construct Site C, a $10.7-billion project located on the Peace River near Fort St. John, B.C. Farmers […] Read more

VIDEO: Cattle producers look at ways to spread the good word

MACGREGOR, Man. — The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has produced a video explaining the environmental impact of Canada’s beef industry. The video, available on YouTube and a longer version on the Beef Cattle Research Council website, features images of cattle on green pastures and ranchers on horseback with mountains in the background. Producers and scientists appear […] Read more

Alta. veterinarians in uproar over legislative changes

Alberta veterinarians have taken issue with proposed provincial government legislative changes that they say were made without consultation and that they fear will negatively affect animal care and welfare. The changes include the option for veterinary practices to advertise their fees, a requirement that they disclose all fees before treating pets and that they acquire […] Read more

Sask. leaseholders given incentive to buy crown land

Saskatchewan has announced another incentive program as it tries to sell agricultural crown land. This program is being described as “targeted” because it is aimed at current leaseholders of cultivated or formerly cultivated land and offers them a 10 percent incentive until March 31, 2018. Lessees aren’t obligated to buy, but if they don’t they […] Read more

China-Canada meat deal includes pilot project

The federal agriculture department revealed more details Dec. 7 about greater access for Canadian beef and pork in the Chinese market. Following a trade mission by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that concluded yesterday, there is an agreement to launch a pilot project on the export of chilled and fresh beef and pork from “Canadian establishments […] Read more

Man. wetlands bill gets farmer approval

Ducks Unlimited and other groups are pleased by new legislation to protect wetlands in Manitoba. The bill, called the Sustainable Watersheds Act, will increase penalties for illegal drainage and provide financial incentives to farmers who adopt practices that restore wetlands, retain water and better manage riparian areas. Scott Stephens, Ducks Unlimited Canada director of operations […] Read more