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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

A normal monsoon is 96-104 percent of the 50-year long period average (LPA). Rainfall is considered deficient if it is below 90 percent of LPA. | Flickr/McKay Savage photo

Indian monsoon rains catch-up, but pulse crops still at risk

Winnipeg – Heavy rains in recent weeks have brought India’s monsoon rainfall back up to normal levels after a slow and dry start to the season, according to reports out of the country. However, flooding and the uneven distribution of moisture could still hurt crop production. A normal monsoon is 96-104 percent of the 50-year […] Read more

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly 11,000 dairy farmers.
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$1.75B for Canadian dairy

The federal government has announced it will make $1.75 billion available to Canada’s dairy farmers, compensating producers for losses in domestic market access due to new trade agreements. Unveiling the compensation package last week in Compton, Que., Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly […] Read more


Two brothers who own a major Western Canadian supplier of generic crop inputs are refuting reports that the company and associated companies are experiencing financial difficulty. | Screencap via agracity.com

Pending lawsuits won’t affect viability of AgraCity: CEO

Two brothers who own a major Western Canadian supplier of generic crop inputs are refuting reports that the company and associated companies are experiencing financial difficulty. AgraCity, which distributes and sells generic crop protection products to members of Farmers of North America (FNA), was recently involved in a patent infringement lawsuit with Arysta Lifescience North […] Read more

A mysterious disease is plaguing chickpea crops in southern Sask. Blighted and diminished plants are being found.  |  SaskPulse photos

Chickpea disease confounds experts

An unusual disease outbreak that swept across wide swaths of the Canadian chickpea crop in July has growers and agronomists scratching their heads. “The issue went across pretty much all of Western Canada and the northern (United States). It seems to be related to some sort of stress that the chickpeas would have been under […] 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

Technicians at an ethanol facility that produces gasoline for vehicles. This distillery and refinery operation belongs to China’s Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, or Sinopec, in Tianjin China.  |  REUTERS photo

Promise of giant Chinese ethanol demand evaporates

USDA says the planned E10 by 2020 will not be reached along with projected corn sales that lift markets

Forget about one possible bullish factor in grain markets, say analysts. Those holding out hope that China will follow through on its intention to adopt a 10 percent nationwide ethanol blend by 2020 had their hopes dashed in a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report. On Sept. 13, 2017, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, […] Read more

Janine and Amelia van Farn gather coriander to add to their community shared agriculture boxes at the Tsawwasen farm school. The school earns an income by supplying produce to local community shared agriculture program members.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Agricultural education in B.C. lower-mainland blossoms

TSAWWASSEN, B.C. — After years working clerical jobs, Janine van Farn is approaching her dream of becoming a farmer. She completed agriculture studies in 2017 at the Tsawwassen Farm School through Kwantlen Polytechnic University and joined a business incubator program onsite to practice what she learned during the eight-month-long course. Working with two partners on […] Read more


Part of the solution, according to Don Voaklander, a professor and the director of the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta, is having more producers adopt guidelines that outline age-appropriate farm tasks for children, which expose them to the farm life without hazards.
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Will Ont. farm death verdict lead to safer practices?

A recent court case that saw an Ontario farmer convicted of criminal negligence in the death of his son could encourage more farmers to improve safety, according to experts. In the history-making case, Justice Julia Morneau of the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 8 sentenced farmer Emanuel Bauman with a 10-year driving prohibition and […] 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