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Volatile market expected this year

Chip Nellinger has one central piece of advice for grain farmers heading into the 2021-22 crop year — fasten your seatbelts. “It’s going to be a real volatile, bumpy ride in my opinion this spring and summer,” the Blue Reef Agri-Marketing analyst said during the United States Farm Report segment of the 2021 Commodity Classic […] Read more

With the ability to more easily raise money from markets compared to when it was a small private company, Farmers Edge will be better able to compete with giant rivals like John Deere and Bayer. | Screencap via farmersedge.ca

Farmers Edge share offering oversubscribed

Farmers Edge wants to use the money and new structure gained through its initial public offering to better reach the non-digitally-integrated farmer population. With the ability to more easily raise money from markets compared to when it was a small private company, Farmers Edge will be better able to compete with giant rivals like John […] Read more

Officials with Natural Resources Canada say the federal retrofit initiative will offer as many as 700,000 grants to Canadian homeowners, each worth as much as $5,000. | File photo

Home energy plan details coming soon

The federal government says it will release more details this spring of a Home Energy Retrofit Initiative offering grants to Canadian homeowners who perform residential upgrades that reduce energy consumption. Officials with Natural Resources Canada say the federal retrofit initiative will offer as many as 700,000 grants to Canadian homeowners, each worth as much as […] Read more



A Feb. 25 report from Canada's Auditor General says the federal institution tasked with regulating transportation has made important improvements to safety and inspections, but

Transport Canada’s rail safety oversight draws fire

Canada’s Auditor General is criticizing Transport Canada for lack of safety oversight on railroads. A Feb. 25 report from the office says the federal institution tasked with regulating transportation has made important improvements to safety and inspections, but “it did not assess whether its oversight activities improved rail safety.” More than $328 billion worth of […] Read more


Producers won't be getting any credit for being zero-till, or having perennial forage coverage, particularly if those efforts were completed prior to 2017. | File photo

New carbon market will not credit past farming practices

Draft regulations for Canada’s new carbon market show farmers won’t receive credit for removing any greenhouse gas emissions before 2017. Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC) Jonathan Wilkinson announced March 5 the offset market, known as the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System. But producers won’t be getting any credit for being zero-till, or having […] Read more

Derek Johnstone, special assistant to the national president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union of Canada (UFCW), told a parliamentary committee on Feb. 18 that the past year has

Union blasts safety measures, foreign worker system

A union representing thousands of Canadian food workers says “consistency and enforcement” remain a problem when it comes responses for its members during COVID-19 pandemic. Derek Johnstone, special assistant to the national president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union of Canada (UFCW), told a parliamentary committee on Feb. 18 that the past year […] Read more

CEO Scott Banda said FCL expected to face economic headwinds in 2020, especially in the energy sector, but the reduction of $1.3 billion in energy earnings was mostly caused by the pandemic as fuel production dropped in line with demand as people worked from home and drove less. | File photo

FCL energy earnings drop, food profits climb

Last year was one for the books at Federated Co-op Limited. “From a financial perspective, 2020 really consisted of two distinct parts. The first four months went pretty much as planned and the last eight months went nothing like as planned,” said chief executive officer Scott Banda during FCL’s annual meeting March 1, which for […] Read more


On Feb. 25, Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (qualifying farming fuel), took a step closer to becoming law after receiving second reading and being forwarded to committee for review. 
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Grain drying relief gains traction

Despite voting against a proposal to exempt certain farm fuels from the carbon tax, the federal government says relief for grain drying is coming. On Feb. 25, Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (qualifying farming fuel), took a step closer to becoming law after receiving second reading and being […] Read more

Although farmers have built long-standing relationships with federal departments such as Agriculture Canada Dave Carey, co-chair of the Agriculture Carbon Alliance, said they fear they aren’t being heard when it comes to climate change policies. | File photo

Farm groups form carbon coalition

Proposed federal carbon tax hikes seen as a threat to farmers have prompted the formation of a national coalition to oppose the carbon plan. “I think it raised a lot of concerns for how farmers would disproportionately be impacted because of their reliance on fuel and on natural gas to feed Canada and the world,” […] Read more