Feds boost funding for pork exports

Canada Pork International received $6 million from the federal government July 25 to strengthen and diversity Canadian pork exports. Market diversification is a priority for the sector now that trade relations with China, a major market, have deteriorated. Agriculture Canada said the additional investment is earmarked to help Canada’s pork industry boost awareness in international […] Read more

Ground bison products are the subjects of a cross-border food recall due to risk of E. coli contamination. | CFIA photo

Ground bison recall issued

Ground bison products are the subjects of a cross-border food recall due to risk of E. coli contamination. No Canadians have reported illness as a result of eating the products, said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, but more than 20 people in the United States have become ill in connection with eating the meat. Northfork […] Read more

Manitoba cattle producers will be allowed to graze cattle and cut hay on Crown land this year to better manage dry conditions and feed shortfalls. | File photo

Crown land opened up to Manitoba cattle producers

Manitoba cattle producers will be allowed to graze cattle and cut hay on Crown land this year to better manage dry conditions and feed shortfalls. The provincial government announced it will allow such activity, which will be administered through the Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing program. The Manitoba Beef Producers welcomed the announcement. “The dry conditions […] Read more


A research study conducted by Jeremy Pittman of the University of Waterloo seeks to determine which species-at-risk and endangered species conservation programs are most popular with landowners. | File photo

Study seeks ranchers’ opinions on conservation

Farmers and ranchers in the four western provinces are being asked to give opinions on conservation programs. A research study conducted by Jeremy Pittman of the University of Waterloo seeks to determine which species-at-risk and endangered species conservation programs are most popular with landowners. Multisar (multiple species at risk) and the Alberta Conservation Association are […] Read more

The provincial transportation department said today that farmers and farm workers can apply for an extension so they would have until March 1, 2021 to meet training and testing requirements for a Class 1 licence. | File photo

Extensions granted for mandatory driver training

Alberta farmers and school bus drivers can get a time extension to meet new training requirements that were introduced last year for Class 1 and Class 2 licences. The provincial transportation department said today that farmers and farm workers can apply for an extension so they would have until March 1, 2021 to meet training […] Read more


Alberta resisting U.S. calls to revisit COOL

The spectre of country of origin labelling in the United States has been raised again in connection with the Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade agreement that is yet to be approved by all three parties involved. The Alberta government today said there are reports that some members of the United States House of Representatives want to include mandatory […] Read more

A sub-section of the bill as initially presented raised concerns about what water bodies would be deemed fish habitat and thus be subject to new regulations. | File photo

Amendment on fisheries habitat deleted from bill

Fish will swim, but the habitat in which they could or might swim was open to question in the Fisheries Act until a proposed amendment to Bill C-68 was deleted. A sub-section of the bill as initially presented raised concerns about what water bodies would be deemed fish habitat and thus be subject to new […] Read more

Crops in various regions of Alberta and Saskatchewan sustained hail damage in mid-June, according to reports from the Canadian Crop Hail Association. | File photo

More hail reported in mid-June

Crops in various regions of Alberta and Saskatchewan sustained hail damage in mid-June, according to reports from the Canadian Crop Hail Association. “CCHA member companies are investigating 128 claims with nearly half in the Saskatchewan communities of Assiniboia, Willowbunch, Ogema, Gravelbourg, Maple Creek, Elrose, Rosetown and Pierceland,” it said in a June 26 news release. […] Read more


Chicken Farmers of Canada introduced the phrase in 2013 in efforts to indicate the origin and standards for care, quality and freshness in the chicken they produce. | File photo

KFC ties brand to Canadian quality standards

The Colonel meets the farmer today, in a deal that will see “Raised by a Canadian Farmer” printed on KFC products. Chicken Farmers of Canada introduced the phrase in 2013 in efforts to indicate the origin and standards for care, quality and freshness in the chicken they produce. In a news release, KFC Canada said […] Read more

The federal government earlier this week announced that a ban on single-use plastics would take effect in 2021, raising questions about what types of materials would be included. | File photo

Ag unaffected by proposed plastic ban

A pending Canadian ban on single use plastics will not affect most agricultural plastics, at least in the short term, according to Cleanfarms, the national organization that runs recycling programs. Grain bags and plastic chemical and product containers are not on the list targeted for the bans, Cleanfarms said in a June 14 news release. […] Read more