Dairy compensation ‘absolutely ridiculous’: grain grower

Stephen Vandervalk cannot believe the silence. The Alberta farmer and vice-president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association says grain commissions and grain farmer organizations have said nothing about a $1.75 billion compensation package for Canadian dairy farmers. Vandervalk cannot comprehend the silence because grain growers in Canada desperately need help, not dairy farmers, he […] Read more

Hans Myhre farms south of Dauphin, Man., and searches for green shoots of grass on his pasture in the middle of August. Myhre’s grazing land is better than most, as some Manitoba pastures are entirely brown. | Robert Arnason photo

Man. hay shortage worsens

DAUPHIN, Man. — After a five-minute drive, across a bumpy pasture, Hans Myhre hopped out of his truck to check on a herd of about 40 Charolais cows and a bull. With Manitoba’s Riding Mountains to the south and a stand of poplar trees to the west, the cattle were grazing at a scenic spot […] Read more

The 326-page 2019-2028 Agricultural Outlook was released in July. In it, economists from the OECD and FAO said the next decade could be difficult for farmers because of excess supply and slowing demand for agri-food commodities. | Screencap via oecd-ilibrary.org

Analysis: Food crisis? How about a price crisis when it comes to commodities?

Shocking, stupid and scandalous. Media stories that seize the public’s attention usually feature one, or all three, of those attributes. One such story, from the world of agriculture, was a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The 326-page report, the 2019-2028 Agricultural […] Read more


Brexit supporter and British Prime Minster Boris Johnson, while still a candidate for the role last month,  attempts shearing a sheep during his visit to Nosterfield farm near Ripon, North Yorkshire, Britain. A U.K. Brexit, might embrace GM technology and a British-U.S. trade deal, could weaken European power when it comes to agricultural policy.  |  Oli Scarff/Pool via REUTERS

U.K. farmers want GM tech: poll

British farmers want genetically modified technology. But do British consumers want GM food? A poll by Farmers Guardian, an agricultural newspaper in the United Kingdom, found that three-quarters of British farmers want to use GM technology for their crops and livestock. The newspaper asked the following question to 750 producers: Would you use GM crop […] Read more

Over the last five years, or so, General Mills has committed to sourcing its major ingredients, like oats, wheat, sugar, from farmers who follow sustainable practices. | File photo

Major food processor wants reduction in pesticide use

“We are working to reduce the need for synthetic pesticides”: General Mills. Over the last five years, or so, General Mills has committed to sourcing its major ingredients, like oats, wheat, sugar, from farmers who follow sustainable practices. But now, the maker of Cheerios and Nature Valley granola bars is taking a further step — […] Read more


Canada’s hemp industry is now focused on the top part of the plant, the flower, leaves and other tissues, which contains CBD. Most of the hemp producers in Canada are looking for ways to efficiently harvest the plant tissue, so processors can extract CBD and sell it to consumers.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Canadian exporters have hopes for hemp

Analysts predict global market opportunities ahead for Canadian hemp growers who produce the crop for CBD oil

Canada’s hemp industry has changed. Not overnight, but close. For years, hemp farmers have grown the crop for grain and partly for hemp fibres. This summer the majority of Canadian farmers are growing hemp to produce CBD. “I think with the CBD acreage, I think we might exceed that 170,000 (acres) this year,” said Jeff […] Read more

Stats Canada has forecasted Canadian flaxseed acres at 937,000 this year, up from 857,000 in 2018. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected flax acres at 355,000, up from 208,000 acres in 2018.  |  Paul Yanko photo

Will flax growers sing the blues?

WEYBURN, Sask. – There’s something special about a flax crop in bloom. The blue-purple flowers are easy on the eyes and calming. Almost therapeutic. Driving east of Weyburn, on the last day of July, the blue-purple flowers were seemingly everywhere. Not as common as yellow canola flowers, but close. “My acres (of flax) increased like […] Read more

Hundreds of livestock producers in Manitoba are facing hay and feed shortages because a two-year drought has cut forage production by half or worse this summer. | File photo

Wanted: hay and feed for purchase

Hundreds of livestock producers in Manitoba are facing hay and feed shortages, because a two-year drought has cut forage production by half or worse this summer. To help producers who are short on feed, the Keystone Agricultural Producers and the Manitoba Beef Producers are urging farmers to publicly list all sources of hay, straw and […] Read more


These week-old chicks on a Saskatchewan broiler farm reach maturity at about six weeks. Some consumers are looking for chicken reared over longer periods, despite the decreased efficiency and increased carbon footprint.  |  Michael Raine photo

‘Slow-growth’ chicken soon to be on the shelf

The fresh chicken section, at the grocery store, is easy to navigate. There is chicken breast and chicken thighs. Sometimes the bone is included, sometimes not. That simplicity may soon end. Before long, chicken meat with a “slow growth” label could appear at major grocers, because retailers and restaurant chains, like Whole Foods, Panera Bread […] Read more

Hundreds of livestock producers in Manitoba are facing hay and feed shortages because a two-year drought has cut forage production by half or worse this summer. | File photo

Manitoba producers facing hay, feed shortage

Wanted: hay and feed for purchase. Hundreds of livestock producers in Manitoba are facing hay and feed shortages because a two-year drought has cut forage production by half or worse this summer. To help producers who are short on feed, the Keystone Agricultural Producers and the Manitoba Beef Producers are urging farmers to publicly list […] Read more