Effective immediately, hemp growers in Canada are now permitted to harvest the whole plant, meaning they can collect and store hemp flowers, buds and leaf material. | File photo

Feds legalize harvest of hemp flowers, buds and leaves

Hemp is no longer about seeds, food and fibre. Effective immediately, hemp growers in Canada are now permitted to harvest the whole plant, meaning they can collect and store hemp flowers, buds and leaf material. Health Canada, which regulates industrial hemp production, made the decision Aug. 10. Previously, harvesting hemp flowers, buds and leaves was […] Read more

A fisherman’s cottage is seen surrounded by water hyacinths near fish farms at a reservoir in China’s Jinping county. Chinese aquaculture experts and swine nutritionists were recently invited to Canada to share research and information on the benefits of canola meal in livestock and fish rations.  |  Reuters photo

Canola meal considered key to increasing sales

Aquaculture dominates Canadian meal sales to China, but the industry wants to expand sales to hog producers

Chinese fish like to eat Canadian canola meal. About 80 percent of Canada’s canola meal exported to China is sold to fish farms. Now, the canola industry is hoping pigs will also develop a taste for it. To make that happen, the Canola Council of Canada invited Chinese aquaculture experts and swine nutritionists to Canada […] Read more

Potato yields are dropping in Prince Edward Island but increasing on the Prairies.  |  File photo

Potato shortfall forces P.E.I. plant to close

Decreasing yields in Prince Edward Island have forced Cavendish Farms to look to other provinces for supply

It’s a headline that makes little sense: Potato shortage on Prince Edward Island. However, it is a reality and that’s why Cavendish Farms is closing its fresh potato packing plant in O’Leary, P.E.I. “Cavendish Farms has had to make this difficult business decision based on ongoing demand and limited availability of potatoes on (P.E.I.),” said […] Read more


Soybean aphids fail to show up in Manitoba

Invasion of the lady beetles. It’s not the best title for a horror movie, but lady beetles did invade thousands of homes across Manitoba last fall. The infestation was annoying because Asian lady beetles, while nice to look at, do like to bite humans. The population of lady beetles, or ladybugs, exploded in Manitoba last […] Read more

Protein in Prairies soybeans isn't as high as in other regions and this is an issue for grain marketers.  |  File photo

Cargill juggles deliveries to manage soy protein

There were about 1.6 million acres of soybeans in Western Canada in 2015, and probably half of them were grown east of Portage la Prairie, Man. Back then, companies such as Cargill didn’t have to worry about the protein content in soybeans because there were sufficient supplies of high protein beans from Manitoba’s Red River […] Read more


Clubroot flares up in Manitoba, North Dakota

Two municipalities in southern Manitoba and a county in North Dakota have become hot spots for clubroot. Positive symptoms have been detected on canola plants on multiple fields in the municipalities of Louise and Pembina. Those municipalities are in south-central Manitoba and butt up against the U.S. border. Across the line, clubroot is becoming a […] Read more

Green Prairie International, a supplier of forage products based in Lethbridge, has been developing relationships in Saudi Arabia's livestock market for about five years. | Screencap via greenprairie.com

Saudi anger with Canada leaves forage exporter reeling

Jordan Van Hierden says the Canadian government’s spat with Saudi Arabia could cost him millions in lost forage sales. Green Prairie International, a supplier of forage products based in Lethbridge, has been developing relationships in Saudi Arabia’s livestock market for about five years. Van Hierden, who manages the company’s equine and feed division for North […] Read more

Soybean aphids disappear in Manitoba

Invasion of the lady beetles. It’s not the best title for a horror movie, but lady beetles did invade thousands of homes across Manitoba last fall. The infestation was annoying because Asian lady beetles, while nice to look at, do like to bite humans. The population of lady beetles, or ladybugs, exploded in Manitoba last […] Read more


Patricia Tozatti, a Brazilian studying to earn a PhD in food science at the University of Saskatchewan, is focused on wheat and baking quality.  |  William DeKay photo

The knowledge worker quandary

International ag students pose a challenge to brain gain efforts in Canada

Hewers of wood and drawers of water. For decades, economists and ordinary Canadians have used those words to describe the flaws of the economy and the country’s over dependence on natural resources. Digvir Jayas, research and international vice-president at the University of Manitoba, also believes Canada is over-reliant on resources, but he uses different words […] Read more

Man. learning centre focuses on beef, forage

Writing a mission statement on a website is easy. Acting on that mission statement is hard. The leaders of the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI), a partnership of Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited and the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association, have moved beyond the talk and are now acting on the hard […] Read more