Organic canola is a rare sight on the Prairies, but some wonder if it might be making a comeback.  |  Robin Booker photo

Lack of acres dampens organic canola demand

Some wonder if producers might be considering a return to the crop, despite the problems caused by the proliferation of GM canola

A few years ago, Stuart McMillan got a call about organic canola acres in Western Canada. Considering there are 18 to 22 million acres of conventional canola across the Prairies, the caller couldn’t believe online data showing that organic canola was less than 2,000 acres. “I was contacted by an organic data company, saying surely […] Read more

Early in 2020, Montana Specialty Mills will open its oilseed crushing plant in Great Falls, Mont. The plant will process non-GMO canola, organic canola and flaxseed.  |  Supplied photo

Crusher planned for Montana will handle organic canola

The largest oilseed crushing plant in Montana is scheduled to open early next year. The plant, known as Montana Specialty Mills, is expected to crush organic canola, non-genetically modified canola and flax, grown by farmers in Western Canada and the northern U.S. Plains. “It will be operational the first of the year,” said Dave Loboy, […] Read more

NFU membership ‘holding pretty steady’

Group says it is attracting younger members, particularly in Ontario and B.C., but Western Canada remains a challenge

Group says it is attracting younger members, particularly in Ontario and B.C., but Western Canada remains a challenge

The National Farmers Union says it remains popular with farmers despite the declining number of farms nationwide. The organization claims it is attracting new members and younger farmers, but most of them are small-scale producers who sell their products directly to consumers in places like Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. “We’re getting a lot of inquiries […] Read more


New Manitoba farm commodity group comes up with a name

Manitoba Crop Alliance — that’s the name of a proposed farm group in Manitoba. Five commodity groups, representing corn, flax, sunflowers, winter cereals and wheat-barley growers, are planning to join forces in Manitoba. The steering committee behind the new group unveiled the name Nov. 25. “Our legal counsel indicated the (new) entity needed a name […] Read more

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a Monsanto herbicide. Bayer purchased Monsanto in 2016. The deal was finalized in 2018. | File photo

More glyphosate lawsuits planned in Canada

Two law firms have now launched class-action suits involving hundreds of Canadians, mostly from the Prairies

Glyphosate lawsuits are multiplying in Canada. At least 360 Canadians have contacted law firms, asking to join class action suits against Bayer and Monsanto. That number may have expanded over the last week because Canadians who have cancer want more information about the lawsuits. “People contact us every day and every week,” Tony Merchant, founder […] Read more


Neonicotinoid insecticides are used on tens of millions of acres of cropland in Canada.  |  File photo

Feds delay decision on proposed neonic ban

Health Canada is reviewing new evidence compiled by Agriculture Canada and expects an ‘update’ in January

In January, Health Canada may make its final decision on neonics. Or, maybe not. Health Canada was expected to decide on the safety of neonicotinoid insecticides in December, but now it said it will provide an “update” in January. “Health Canada … proposed to cancel the majority of outdoor uses of all three neonicotinoids (because) […] Read more

This week the NFU held its 50th annual convention in Winnipeg with NFU members from Nova Scotia to British Columbia in attendance. At the event, the NFU unveiled a 98-page discussion paper called Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis. | Twitter/@NFUCanada photo

BLOG: NFU must do more to avoid fringe reputation

The National Farmers Union is a serious organization with serious ideas. But ordinary farmers may not be listening. This week the NFU held its 50th annual convention in Winnipeg with NFU members from Nova Scotia to British Columbia in attendance. At the event, the NFU unveiled a 98-page discussion paper called Tackling the Farm Crisis […] Read more

Five commodity groups, representing corn, flax, sunflowers, winter cereals and wheat-barley growers, are planning to join forces in Manitoba. The steering committee, behind the new group, unveiled the name Nov. 25. | Screencap via mbcrops.ca

New Manitoba farm group chooses name

Manitoba Crop Alliance — that’s the name of a proposed farm group in Manitoba. Five commodity groups, representing corn, flax, sunflowers, winter cereals and wheat-barley growers, are planning to join forces in Manitoba. The steering committee, behind the new group, unveiled the name Nov. 25. “Our legal counsel indicated the (new) entity needed a name […] Read more


Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a Monsanto herbicide. Bayer purchased Monsanto in 2016. The deal was finalized in 2018. | File photo

More glyphosate class action suits planned in Canada

Glyphosate lawsuits are multiplying in Canada. At least 360 Canadians have contacted law firms, asking to join class action suits against Bayer and Monsanto. This spring, Merchant Law Group filed the first class-action lawsuit in Canada. The lawsuit contends that exposure to glyphosate contributed to the cancer of a Saskatchewan farmer and the cancer of […] Read more

If neonics are harming midges and mayflies, it could pose a threat to birds and other animals that rely on the insects for food. The crop protection industry and farmers have argued that the amount of neonics accumulating in ponds and creeks is in the parts per billion and there's little evidence that midges or mayflies are dying off. | File photo

Ottawa delays neonic decision to January

Health Canada was supposed to make a final decision on banning neonics in December. The decision has been pushed back to January. “Health Canada … proposed to cancel the majority of outdoor uses of all three neonicotinoids (because) of the risks to aquatic insects. Since then several new scientific papers have been published and the […] Read more