Canadian Western Agribition organizers say they have confidence in the vaccine rollout plans and believe time is on their side. The show is scheduled to be held live Nov. 22-27. | File photo

In-person fall farm shows begin

The fall round of prairie agricultural shows has returned under provincial COVID-19 orders and restrictions. Manitoba Ag Ex is planned for this week, with a requirement that all exhibitors and visitors be fully vaccinated. The Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, which is slated for Nov. 2-6, and Red Deer’s Agri-Trade, Farm Fair in Edmonton and Canadian Western […] Read more

AgH2Onward is free and requires two hours on each of two days to complete. | Screencap via

Drainage workshop offered in Sask.

Saskatchewan farmers who want to better manage water on their land are encouraged to take a new online workshop on the process of gaining approval and building their projects. AgH2Onward is free and requires two hours on each of two days to complete. Julie MacKenzie, part of the development team, said farmers will increasingly be […] Read more

Task force chair Bill Prybylski, who farms near Willowbrook, Sask., said the funding hasn’t even kept up with the rate of inflation. Programs within the agreement have been cut and need restoration, and the risk associated with farming is considerably more than it was 10 years ago. | File photo

APAS calls for more funding of farm safety net programs

It’s time governments increase funding for the agricultural policy framework, says Saskatchewan’s general farm organization. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan last week announced a task force to develop recommendations ahead of negotiations on the successor to the current Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The five-year agreement worth $3 billion expires March 31, 2023. “Probably one of […] Read more

A food expert argues that very few products in Canada actually require codes such as best-before and expiry dates. | File photo

Confusion over best-before dates called food waste culprit

Many consumers think there is something wrong with a food product as soon as the sell-by, best-before or expiry date hits

Consumer food waste and the cost of that waste is caused largely by a lack of knowledge on the subject, says the author of a recent report. Kerri Holland of KL Consulting in Edmonton said food is wasted throughout the chain but the economic value of food is highest at the consumer level so that […] Read more

Speaking during a webinar organized by the Agri-Food Innovation Council, former federal agriculture minister Andy Mitchell said farm organization representatives should be prepared for the meeting, understand what’s possible and listen as well as talk. | Getty Images

Lobbying for the future of agriculture? Come prepared

Former federal agriculture minister Andy Mitchell offered advice for those who intend to lobby current and future ministers: quality trumps volume, expertise trumps politics and relationships trump rhetoric. Speaking during a webinar organized by the Agri-Food Innovation Council, Mitchell said farm organization representatives should be prepared for the meeting, understand what’s possible and listen as […] Read more

Fieldstone Farm is operated by Rachel Basaldua LePoudre on her parents' farm near Davidson, Sask. More than 200 varieties of dahlias, other flowers and an apple orchard fill two acres of the yard. | Karen Briere photo

Stopping to smell and purchase the flowers

DAVIDSON, Sask. — Tucked in a corner of her parents’ farmyard between the house, a row of grain bins and a vegetable garden lies Rachel Basaldua LePoudre’s passion. Dahlias. More than 200 varieties in a wide range of colours and sizes are gloriously blooming on a September day. All of them are neatly labeled and […] Read more

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report suggests a five percent increase in cow slaughter in Canada, which would result in a one percent decline in beef cow inventories for 2022. | Les Dunford photo

More sows, fewer cows predicted for next year

The USDA expects more Canadian cows will go to slaughter while an increase in sows should help hog numbers recover

A report issued in September by the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts the Canadian cattle and hog herds to contract as 2022 begins. The report from the Foreign Agricultural Service says the 2021 drought means a smaller calf crop next year as more heifers and cows go to slaughter. However, it also notes that improved […] Read more

Election results leave little change for agriculture and Prairies. Voters in Saskatchewan sent all 14 Conservative candidates in that province to Ottawa, with 59 percent of voters, like those who used the polling station in Donavon, Sask., choosing blue.  |  Paul Yanko photo

Election: continuation of Liberal ag plan

Conservatives sweep all Sask. seats, Alberta moves to centre with four non-Conservatives while Manitoba holds steady

Canadian farmers should expect agriculture policy similar to the last six years after the Liberals were re-elected to a minority government Sept. 20. Results are still not official, but the Liberals won 159 seats, the Conservatives 119, New Democrats 25, Green Party 2, and the Bloc Quebecois, 33, for a Parliament that closely resembles the […] Read more

Beef sales increased 27 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is partly attributed to the comfort that consumers have with the meat. | File photo

Beef consumption strong during COVID but dangers loom

A food retail analyst warns producers that they must pay attention to a 41 percent increase in plant-based protein sales

Meat case sales went up during the pandemic and beef was a solid contributor to the increase, says a food distribution and retail expert. John F. T. Scott said meat sales in Canada were up 31 percent. Beef sales rose 27 percent, contributing 30 percent of meat case profitability, he said. “We think that they […] Read more

Monday night the Liberals and prime minister Justin Trudeau were expected to hold on to a minority government, even if the results changed slightly at the end of counting. | Paul Yanko photo

Despite election, little changed in Ottawa landscape

UPDATED: 1115 CST September 28, 2021 – map updated to reflect official results – Little changed on the Canadian political landscape as polls closed across Canada Sept. 20. Votes were still being tallied at Western Producer deadlines Monday night, with some people still standing in line to cast ballots in Ontario and British Columbia. At […] Read more