Blueberry grower Gurprit Singh Brar at his farm near Langley, B.C. | Sarbmeet Singh photo

U.S. investigates blueberry imports from Canada

SURREY, B.C. — Gurprit Singh Brar is fighting to hold onto his farm’s vital blueberry markets in the United States after the U.S. International Trade Commission announced an investigation into Canadian blueberry imports. The Vancouver-area farmer said he welcomes the support offered by the British Columbia government to assist farmers in fending off the trade […] Read more

Orphaned and individually raised intact males, likely bottle fed by people, can become a danger to humans later on in life. | File photo

When imprinting goes terribly wrong

The dangers of intact mature male animals is a story that needs to be repeated, says Joe Stookey, a researcher and animal behaviour scientist at the University of Saskatchewan. “Too many people are being injured or killed,” he said. “And while the story is often about mature dairy bulls, people who don’t know any better […] Read more

Flubbed lines and enthusiastic singing are all part of the age-old tradition of the Christmas pageant.  | Getty Images photo

Christmas pageant fitting sendoff for school

There was nothing special about that November afternoon in 1968 — cold, windy and snowy. Then Mrs. Templeton returned from the school office with an announcement. She proceeded to say she had chosen a Christmas pageant and she would list off who would get what part. Whoa. The long-awaited, much anticipated Christmas season must be […] Read more


Farmers sit on a tractor Dec. 9 near New Dehli as they listen to a speaker during a protest against newly passed farm bills. |  Reuters/Adnan Abidi photo

Indian farmers receive support

Canadian politicians have expressed support for farmers in India, who are protesting three new farm laws recently enacted there. India said it plans to register a formal complaint against comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in support of Indian farmers, warning “such actions will have seriously damaging impact on ties.” Meanwhile, protesters rallied across the […] Read more

 Jagdeep Brar from Edmonton working on Highway 4 near Val Marie, Sask.  |  James R. Page photo

Prairie road work has a Punjabi connection

It might be surprising to know that many of the gravel crews working in Western Canada are from the Pnjab region of India. “We have 20 guys on the crew here, and 17 are from the Punjab,” says Jag Sandhu, on the job near Val Marie, Sask. “There are lots of Punjabi drivers working in […] Read more


World Pork Expo, held each June in Des Moines, hosts about 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF positive regions. | Screencap via worldpork.org

World Pork Expo cancelled due to African swine fever

The National Pork Producers Council in the United States has cancelled the World Pork Expo planned for June in Des Moines, Iowa, because of fears of spreading African swine fever. The council’s board of directors took the unprecedented move in recognition that ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia, as well […] Read more

Seeder maker receives federal funding

BURNABY, B.C. — Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies Ltd. has received $425,000 from the federal government to help develop a new no-till seeding system, the CX-6 SMART Seeder. The funding is designed to enable Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies Ltd. to use its patented technology to enhance application control, reduce the over-application of fertilizer and pesticides and […] Read more