Making quads safer

Making quads safer

From 2013 to 2019, 705 people were killed in all-terrain vehicle accidents in Canada. Over the seven years, that equals about 100 ATV fatalities per year. In comparison, 271 people died in airplane crashes from 2013-19 in Canada. That works out to 39 people annually, based on Statistics Canada data. While an airplane crash is […] Read more

Industry groups intend to develop a road map for finding and keeping workers in the ag sector. | File photo

Work planned on ag labour strategy

Food and beverage makers employ about 260,000 Canadians — more than the auto and aerospace industries combined. But manufacturing plants are desperate for workers with many companies dealing with vacancy rates of 10 to 20 percent or higher. By 2025, the sector could face a labour shortage of 65,000 people. To close this gap, the […] Read more

The paramedics who work at STARS air ambulance in Western Canada get prepared for the ATV season.
 | Screencap via STARS.ca

STARS air ambulance expects ATV calls

When the weather gets warmer in May and June, many Canadians shift their attention to golfing or start planning their first fishing trip of the season. For the paramedics who work at STARS air ambulance in Western Canada, they get prepared for the ATV season. “As soon as summer and fall hits, you think ATV […] Read more


Last week Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of the environment and climate change, announced Canada’s support for the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce global methane emissions by 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030. | File photo

Methane pledge’s effect on cattle sector uncertain

Canada has committed to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent, but it’s unclear if the country’s cattle sector will have to meet that target. Last week Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of the environment and climate change, announced Canada’s support for the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce global methane emissions by 30 percent below 2020 […] Read more

Walmart's plan to buy more sustainable beef represents the largest public commitment by a single retailer. | File photo

Walmart plans move into sustainable beef

Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef says the retailer’s purchase commitment supports the organization’s goals

Walmart plans to buy 1.5 million pounds of sustainable beef from Canadian ranchers. The retail giant announced Oct. 7 that it will purchase the beef over the next calendar year as part of its sustainability program. “We’re immensely proud of what this… signifies to the industry and the impact it will have for our farmers […] Read more


The company announced October 5 that the construction is complete and production of pre-cooked bacon will begin soon. | Reuters photo

Maple Leaf to produce pre-cooked bacon

To satisfy strong demand for bacon that is heated in a microwave, Maple Leaf Foods has spent $182 million to increase the capacity of its Winnipeg plant. The company announced Oct. 5 that the construction is complete and production of pre-cooked bacon will begin soon. “Final commissioning of the 73,000 sq. foot expansion … is […] Read more

Corn prices are at exceptionally high levels in Manitoba because of local demand. Feed mills in the province need corn to produce rations. They can either buy corn locally, truck it in from the U.S., or replace it with feed wheat or barley. But those feed grains are also expensive. | File photo

Record corn prices expected to offset disappointing yields

Production has been all over the map in Manitoba this year, but local demand is keeping prices around $8 per bushel

Corn yields are below average on many farms in Manitoba, but producers should pocket a decent profit because of record high prices this fall. A number of growers have extremely poor yields of 50 to 70 bushels per acre, and others have reported yields around 100 to 130 bu. per acre. “It’s all over the […] Read more

The North American Meat Institute cited an academic report that said large packing plants benefit cattle producers because economies of size largely offset the costs associated with market power exerted by packers. | Reuters/Shannon Stapleton photo

U.S. lawmakers rethink packer concentration

House of Representatives ag committee hears that building more slaughter plants would be hampered by labour shortage

The battle over packing industry concentration recently played out in front of the U.S. Congress. The House of Representatives agriculture committee heard comments from U.S. ag secretary Tom Vilsack, packing industry representatives and economists on the role of government in meat markets and the beef supply chain. The battle has been going on for months […] Read more


The Manitoba Canola Growers Association says innovation is critical for producers, who must remain competitive in the global market. | Mike Raine photo

Canola growers fund research plan

A crops and soils research centre at the University of Manitoba is closer to reality, thanks to a donation from canola growers in the province. The Manitoba Canola Growers Association has committed $500,000 to help build the Prairie Crops and Soils Research Facility at the university. The new centre is expected to cost $18.7 million […] Read more

Bacterial leaf streak is rearing its ugly head in Alberta.  |  University of Nebraska photo

Bacterial leaf streak persists in Alberta

Normally in a dry year, disease is not a major concern for cereal growers in Western Canada. But an emerging disease did cause issues for a number of growers in Alberta. “Bacterial leaf streak was a significant problem in many irrigated areas of southern Alberta in 2021,” said Mike Harding, a plant pathologist with Alberta […] Read more