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UPDATE: China, Canada discuss continuation of reduced canola seed trade

Editor’s note: Readers, earlier this morning, we posted a Reuters News Service story that indicated that China had lifted the ban on Canadian canola, along with an agreement to reduce dockage in Canadian canola to one percent. The Western Producer’s journalists have now confirmed that the story is not accurate. We have taken down that […] Read more

Canada’s largest seed industry organizations continue to explore amalgamations.
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Amalgamation still on the table for seed groups

WHISTLER, B.C. — Canada’s largest seed industry organizations continue to explore amalgamations. Officials from the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) and the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) have contemplated a merger for some time. The proposed amalgamation, a key element of a larger initiative known as Seed Synergy, would also include the Canadian Plant Technology […] Read more

Canola closes out year with small gain

Winnipeg, Dec. 29 (CNS Canada) – Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada platform finished slightly higher on Friday, propped up by gains in United States soybeans and soyoil. Cold temperatures across the Prairies discouraged farmer deliveries. The most-active March contract received some technical support at the C$485 per tonne mark. The market chopped around […] Read more

Canadian pursuit of TPP a wise trade strategy

Canada’s decision to pursue a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with 10 Asian countries, including Japan, should be a given, but it’s worth noting just why this matters, especially with the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement in doubt. Canada stands to benefit in most sectors of the economy with a TPP11 deal, even more […] Read more

Canadian pulse industry still waiting for answers from India

Commodity News Service And Western Producer Staff WINNIPEG, Oct. 20  — Almost three weeks since a India pulse fumigation fee waiver expired, the Canadian pulse industry is still in the dark as to what is happening. The exemption applied to fees charged on pulses that would require fumigation upon arrival in India. With the exemption […] Read more

So strong is this imagined rural world that the red barn has become an anchor around agriculture's neck. In most cases, the red barn stopped being a commercially viable farm building about 50 years ago, but in the minds of consumers, the smallest farms are where the most sustainable food comes from, or should come from. | File photo

Time to squelch agriculture’s outdated red barn image

Rising on the horizon, emerging from the valley’s floor, peeking out from behind a tree line, the gambrel-roofed red barn is an iconic rural image. It’s a utility building with an inexpensive linseed- and fungal-resistant iron oxide paint that is burned into the collective memory. Our culture associates the red barn image with food production […] Read more

The new rules, as proposed, seek to create new or improved tax streams for government. However, they fail to take into account that farms are different from other businesses. | File photo

Proposed tax changes show gov’t ignorance of agriculture

Proposed federal changes to the taxation of corporations fail to take into account that farms are not like other businesses and will result in larger, more vulnerable farms and increased risk for Canadian taxpayers. The proposed rules have been criticized by many different business sectors, but they would be particularly detrimental to primary agriculture. About […] Read more

Some Chicago-area moms thought that company signs indicating the type of seed grown in various fields was instead a statement of ownership.
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Educating urbanites key to agriculture’s prosperity

For David Miller, the “Aha!” moment came during a meeting with Chicago-area soccer moms and mommy bloggers, the women who discuss and disseminate information — some right, some wrong — about food and its production. Miller is the research and commodity services director for the Iowa Farm Bureau, and the meeting was designed to address […] Read more

Any change in the use of antimicrobials must consider whether the use of other products might be increased — and the ramifications of that — whether animals would suffer as a result, and whether changes would have a tangible impact on reducing antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
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Farmers must reduce antibiotic use or gov’t will set own agenda

The warning by Herman Barkema, a leader in infectious disease in livestock, about antimicrobial-resistant bacteria is ominous: “If we do not get our act together they (regulatory bodies) will come with measures whether we like it or not.” The World Health Organization developed a plan to tackle the issue in 2015 with the One Health […] Read more

Japan hikes tariffs on beef, troubles trade relations

By Reuters and Western Producer Staff Japan hiked tariffs on frozen beef imports from Canada, the United States and other counties on Friday. The tariff rises to 50 percent from 38.5 percent, until next March, Japan’s Ministry of Finance said. The tariff hike is a “safeguard” mechanism to protect domestic farmers, Japan’s ministry said. It […] Read more