Justin Trudeau’s Liberals also promise tax changes to ease intergenerational farm transfer, more assistance for exporters, no reintroduction of the long-gun registry, and full support for supply managed farmers and processors.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Liberals plan to change Farm Credit Canada

Party’s election platform includes commitment to turn FCC into a single service point for all parts of the food economy 


The Liberal plan to expand and rename Farm Credit Canada poses more questions than answers. The party platform’s Investing in Rural Success section includes a promise to streamline services and increase investments to help make Canada the second-largest exporter of agricultural products by 2025. “We will merge exiting financial and advisory services currently scattered between […] Read more

CCA unveils wish list for new federal gov’t

Canada’s cattle producers have a wish list for a new federal government. It focuses on economic, environmental and social benefits for the country. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association produced a document for candidates detailing six main recommendations that would help the beef industry grow and continue to be a key economic contributor. The CCA says the […] Read more

The agricultural labour shortage drew the most heated conversation during last week’s election debate, sparked when the Green Party candidate referred to the temporary foreign worker program as slavery.
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Farm labour issue fires up ag debate

The agricultural labour shortage drew the most heated conversation during last week’s election debate, sparked when the Green Party candidate referred to the temporary foreign worker program as slavery. Representatives from the three other parties, including the Liberal agriculture minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Conservative critic Luc Berthold and NDP critic Alistair MacGregor, took umbrage with Kate […] Read more


Warren Russell of the Stoughton, Sask., area has been charged under Section 4 of the province’s Animal Protection Act. That section prohibits anyone from causing an animal to be in distress or to continue to be in distress.
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Sask. producer charged after cattle seizure

One person faces several charges after more than 300 cattle were seized from his farm last winter. Warren Russell of the Stoughton, Sask., area has been charged under Section 4 of the province’s Animal Protection Act. That section prohibits anyone from causing an animal to be in distress or to continue to be in distress. […] Read more

New Sask. co-op designed to help finance cattle, bison

Saskatchewan livestock producers have a new co-operative to finance purchases of feeder and breeder cattle and bison. Saskatchewan Livestock Finance Co-operative Ltd. replaced the provincial government’s Livestock Loan Guarantee Program earlier this year. The government announced last year it would wind down the lending program that began in 1984. General manager Terry Wensley said co-op […] Read more


The party's platform says it would expand support for farmers who face major environmental and business risks, if re-elected Oct. 21. | File photo

Liberals hint at AgriStability support

The federal Liberals are hinting that more money could be available for farm business risk management programs. The party’s platform says it would expand support for farmers who face major environmental and business risks, if re-elected Oct. 21. The document refers to the review of BRM programs, with a focus on AgriStability. “(We) are prepared […] Read more

The Greens say that agriculture in Canada has moved from family owned mixed farms to industrial production and that the resulting crops and livestock are produced in quantity and for export, not quality and nutrition. | File photo

Greens weigh in on agriculture

A Green party government in Canada would implement national use standards for nitrogen fertilizer and move away from what it calls industrial livestock production. Leader Elizabeth May released the party’s full platform last week. It notes that a report from climate scientists in August said agriculture must be transformed to meet climate change goals. “Canada […] Read more

An A&W ad currently running shows people wearing Rider gear trying the restaurant's meatless Beyond Meat burgers outside Regina's Mosaic Stadium. | Screencap via YouTube/A&W Canada

Meatless burger debate bruises football team

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association continues to meet with the Saskatchewan Roughriders football club after beef producers raised concerns about a television commercial filmed during a game. An A&W ad currently running shows people wearing Rider gear trying the restaurant’s meatless Beyond Meat burgers outside Regina’s Mosaic Stadium. Beef producers and others complained that it […] Read more


Farmland values have gone up every year since 1993 but have slowed to single digits since hitting a national average of 10 percent in 2015. | File photo

Farmland value increases slow down

Farmland values across Canada are still rising but at a lower rate than recent years. Farm Credit Canada reviewed the first six months of 2019 and found a national average increase of three percent, compared to 6.6 percent for the entire year of 2018. However, FCC chief economist J.P. Gervais said he expects little change […] Read more

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau spoke Sept. 12 at a campaign rally in Edmonton. |  Jeremy Simes photo

Producers release their key issues for election

Political parties running in the federal election will be asked for their solutions to the growing loss of market access

Farmers want the federal election campaign to focus on solutions to their market access challenges. From canola, soybeans and meat in China to durum in Italy, pulses in India and other products in other countries, farmers say these issues must take priority. “They know the problems, or they darn well better know the problems we’re […] Read more