The Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce

Canada joins support for global gene editing

A statement on agricultural applications of precision biotechnology signed by 13 countries includes gene editing

The federal government has come out in favour of gene editing. Or, more accurately, the Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce “safe and affordable food, feed, fibres, and energy in the 21st century.” The quote comes from a statement released in early November and was delivered during a World Trade […] Read more

There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist from the University of California Davis: get rid of supply management and allow farmers to export chicken and dairy products to the world. | File photo

Has chicken industry lost out?

In late October the federal government created a couple of working groups with the goal of helping Canadian dairy and poultry farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist […] Read more

Farmers Edge co-founder and chief executive officer Wade Barnes says precision agriculture is the biggest change to farming since the first agricultural revolution.  |  Farmers Edge photo

Farmers Edge hits big time with ‘strategic digital’ deal

CNH Industrial isn’t a household name, but it should be. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of tractors and construction equipment in the world — including familiar brands like Case IH and New Holland — and had revenues of US$27 billion in 2017. Joining forces with a $27 billion firm is a big […] Read more


Spring wheat crop paid off for U.S. growers this year

Acres jumped by more than two million, the average yield hit nearly 50 bushels per acre and most of the crop has been graded as high quality

This year, everything went right for spring wheat growers in the United States. Acres jumped by more than two million and the average yield hit nearly 50 bushels per acre, setting a national record. On top of that good news, in late October the U.S. Wheat Associates reported that the 2018 crop is mostly high-quality […] Read more

Manitoba potato growers had expected to produce about 22 million hundredweight of potatoes in 2018, but the actual total will be about nine percent less. | File photo

Squeezed harvest causes potato shortage in Manitoba

Manitoba has a potato shortage. Growers in the province had expected to produce about 22 million hundredweight of potatoes in 2018, but the actual total will be about nine percent less. “Our overall production was down about two million (cwt.),” said Dan Sawatzky, manager of the Keystone Potato Producers Association. Simplot and McCain Foods, which […] Read more


Drought persists on the Prairies

Thanks to a rainy and snowy October, soil moisture conditions have improved across much of the Prairies. While things are better, compared to a month or 60 days ago, many parts of Western Canada remain in a multi-year drought. “Conditions have improved, is the short version,” said Patrick Cherneski, manager of the national agro-climate information […] Read more

CropLife Canada, an industry association which represents crop science companies, has produced a web-based video series called Real Farm Lives. | Screencap via realfarmlives.ca

Online series sheds light on real farmers

Most Canadians know that farmers exist, but their knowledge of farming is somewhere between diddly and squat. Many urbanites still think that a typical Canadian farmer has a red barn, 10 cows and 20 chickens and wears dirty overalls 365 days of the year. Using tweets, Facebook posts and other social media tools, producers and […] Read more

The Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce

Canada joins support for gene editing

The federal government has come out in favour of gene editing. Or, more accurately, the Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce “safe and affordable food, feed, fibres, and energy in the 21st century.” The quote comes from a statement released in early November and was delivered during a World Trade […] Read more


This year, everything went right for spring wheat growers in the United States. | File photo

U.S. growers looking at big spring wheat crops

This year, everything went right for spring wheat growers in the United States. Acres jumped by more than two million and the average yield hit nearly 50 bushels per acre, setting a national record. On top of that good news, in late October the U.S. Wheat Associates reported that the 2018 crop is mostly high-quality […] Read more

A volunteer at Helping Hands food bank in Steinbach, Man., empties a bag filled with donated items. The food bank feeds hundreds of families in southeastern Manitoba, and a large percentage of the food comes from the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign. Last year the FCC and local schools collected about 70,000 meals for food banks in southeastern Manitoba.  |  Robert Arnason photo

FCC program combats rural hunger

Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger campaign is a national effort to support food banks and school meal programs

This fall, students at Green Valley School in Grunthal, Man., collected more than 3,200 kilograms of food for local foods banks. That works out to 6.4 kg of food for each student at the middle and high school in southeastern Manitoba. The donated food is part of Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger campaign, a […] Read more