Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in glyphosate use.  |  File photo

More sustainability scrutiny called new reality

Grain buyers and end users are increasingly asking producers for details about their production practices on the farm

BANFF, Alta. — Jason Lenz’s farm was one of the first in Alberta to discover wild oats resistant to Avadex. It was an eye-opening experience and the impetus to keep better records of all farm activities, he said during a sustainability discussion at the Prairie Cereals summit held in Banff Dec. 11-12. “There has been […] Read more

While many beer drinkers may not make the connection between barley and beer, there are others who wants to know how it was produced, said brewer Natasha Peiskar of Last Best Brewing and Distilling. She also receives hops that come from certified suppliers offering traceability. | Flickr/Nicola photo

Industry introduces glass-to-the-field beer

BANFF, Alta. — Block chain is a complicated concept but thanks to this form of traceability, beer drinkers can track their beverage from field to glass. “This block chain beer is taking traceability to an extreme level, said Matt Hamill of Red Shed Malting in central Alberta. Working with Canada Malting and Last Best Brewing […] Read more

The Nappan Research Centre studies livestock management and forage. A herd of about 100 British type cows are maintained on the farm. Here they are grazing a crop mixture in mid November.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Nova Scotia research centre focuses on grazing

Projects include planting forages from across North America to test different varieties in a number of growing conditions

NAPPAN, N.S. — One of Canada’s oldest research farms is rejuvenating the art of grazing. Agriculture Canada’s Nappan Research Centre in Nova Scotia is one of the original five Dominion Experimental Farms established in 1887. It is the only federal livestock research centre in Eastern Canada working on improving livestock management and forage production. The […] Read more


Animal inventory based on their weight can come up with a true requirement for feed, but producers often don’t know the real weight of their animals.  |  File photo

Better management urged for forage inventory

An Ontario forage specialist says it’s difficult for producers to plan for a shortfall if they don’t know how much they have


MONCTON, N.B. — Most forage grown in Canada is used on the farm where it is grown but many farmers do not have a good handle on their inventory or yields. “If you don’t know what you have in inventory, how can you manage the shortfall?” asked Ontario forage and grazing specialist Christine O’Reilly. Bad […] Read more

Producers interested in growing hemp have to know ahead of time how to plant it and later how to market it.  |  File photo

Marketing key in hemp sector

Advance research into markets and agronomy is vital for those who want to grow hemp. Jeff Kostiuk of Hemp Genetics International fields calls from producers interested in growing what could be a lucrative crop, but they have to know ahead of time how to plant it and later market it. “You have to realize what […] Read more


CBD oil bright spot for hemp

Hemp is an emerging crop for Canada where supporters see endless possibilities for a plant that yields food, fibre and pharmaceuticals. There is considerable interest in cannabidiol (CBD) but it remains a controlled substance around the world because governments want to ensure it is safe with no long-term negative effects. CBD is not addictive but […] Read more

Remote-sensing technology on cusp of advancements

A research lab in Alberta has developed a biosensor to help forecast for fusarium head blight in wheat and barley crops

BANFF, Alta. — Technology that can directly zap specific weeds or detect disease in fields before the spores hit the plants is coming, but adoption among farmers may lag. Advances in intelligent agriculture were discussed at the Prairie Cereals Summit held Dec. 11-12 in Banff. A biosensor for fusarium head blight forecasting in wheat and […] Read more

J.P. and Marlene Monvoisin of Gravelbourg, Sask., are certified sustainable beef producers. They hung their sign at their bull display during Canadian Western Agribition to promote their commitment to the program of sustainability.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Cattle producers opt for sustainability certification

Grocery and restaurant chains make a financial commitment to encourage beef producers to become certified

Becoming certified beef producers reaffirmed the Monvoisin family’s commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement. JP and Marlene Monvoisin run a herd of about 450 purebred and commercial Angus cows near Gravelbourg, Sask. They were strong believers in the Verified Beef Production Plus program, which covers food safety and quality, environmental care, animal welfare and biosecurity. […] Read more


Ben Loewith is taking over the family owned dairy from his father and uncle.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

A sustainable farm with a mission

The Loewith dairy farm has a five-point mission statement pinned to the wall to remind staff of its values and priorities

COPETOWN, Ont. — When Ben Loewith walks through the dairy barns on his family farm, he is filled with contentment from a job well done. Keeping a modern dairy sustainable means protecting the environment, contending with urban encroachment, finding competent labour and raising healthy, productive cows. Continuous improvement in all those areas has always driven […] Read more

People do read labels but they may be bombarded with information overload.  |  Getty image

Sustainability important to consumers

The definition of sustainability is as diverse as the consumers who seek it out in their every day purchases. Many consumers identify it is as being environmentally friendly, where products are free of certain amendments. They expect their food to be safe and they are starting to expect that sustainable practices were used to make […] Read more