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Claudia Sheedy was instrumental in researching and disseminating information on biobeds, a method of eliminating pesticide residue from the rinsate in crop sprayer cleanout. The 45-year-old mother of two died suddenly on July 12 while mountain biking in Kimberley, B.C. | File photo

Biobed advocate honoured for conservation work

The late Claudia Sheedy, a research scientist with Agriculture Canada, is this year’s recipient of the Orville Yanke award. It is issued annually to recognize leadership and contributions in southern Alberta soil conservation. Sheedy was instrumental in researching and disseminating information on biobeds, a method of eliminating pesticide residue from the rinsate in crop sprayer […] Read more

The Responsible Grain Code is an initiative of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crop headed by Ted Menzies, a former secretary of state for finance in Stephen Harper's Conservative government. | Screencap via responsiblegrain.ca

Grain sector develops code of practice

Canada’s grain sector is developing a code of practice to build trust with international customers but a food industry analyst thinks it is little more than a smokescreen. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops has developed a draft code called the Responsible Grain code. The voluntary code contains a list of 73 practices farmers can […] Read more

The NFU, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and others want to clarify the

‘Product of USA’ label new COOL focus

The new U.S. Congress may revisit mandatory country-of-origin labelling for pork and beef, says a representative of the National Farmers Union in the United States. However, the political hurdles of passing such legislation are high. It’s more likely the U.S. government will strengthen its Product of USA label for pork and beef, which could affect […] Read more


Rocky Omelchenko had just dropped off a load of

Grain B-train struck by train in Sask.

A North Battleford, Sask., farmer escaped injury when his B-train was struck by a Canadian National Railway train November 25. Rocky Omelchenko had just dropped off a load of “so-so” wheat and was about to cross the highway when the accident occurred. “It all happened pretty quick,” said Omelchenko. “I thought I was far enough […] Read more

Huge government spending around the world is thought to also be behind the expected commodity bull market. The Wall St. Bull remains a symbol of aggressive financial market prosperity.  | Reuters/Carlo Allegri photo

Signs point to commodity boom

Some analysts think commodity-specific factors and overall global macroeconomic trends will drive prices higher in 2021

Could 2021 see a structural commodity bull market beginning to charge through the post-pandemic world? Goldman Sachs’ chief commodity market analyst thinks so but Morgan Stanley’s strategists don’t agree. And in the wake of the incredible disruptions of 2020, it’s clear that the future path of commodity values is anything but clear. “The short-run outlook […] Read more


After the meetings ended this afternoon, federal agriculture minister Mari-Claude Bibeau said Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the BRM programs at a 60-40 split between her government and the provinces. | Screencap via Twitter/@AAFC_Canada

Feds make counter proposal on possible BRM changes

Farm groups say they support a counter proposal on business risk management reform that federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made to the provinces at last week’s ministerial meeting. However, they were also disappointed that no consensus was reached during the Nov. 27 federal-provincial-territorial meeting. Bibeau’s proposal includes increasing the compensation rate offered under the AgriStability […] Read more

During the Nov. 28 press conference where the payout was publicized, Bibeau offered further details on compensation announced last year for dairy farmers. | Screencap via Twitter/@mclaudebibeau

Feds deliver on supply management compensation

Canadian producers working in supply-managed sectors received details of federal government plans to compensate them for market access offered in recently signed trade deals. The announcement comes on the heels of producers calling on federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to follow through on commitments to support supply-managed producers impacted by trade deals. The egg, chicken […] Read more

Alberta Pork chair Brent Moen said data from hog organizations in the four western provinces show hog producers have had a negative return on investment for the past five years, illustrating the depth of the problem. | Screencap via Twitter/@albertapork

Alta. hog producers ask for orderly marketing

Support for single desk said driven by low profitability and higher prices in Quebec resulting from its pricing model

Alberta pork producers last week voted 68 percent in favour of pursuing a single-desk system for selling their pigs. The vote shows the depth of frustration among producers as they continue to lose money on every hog while packers record major profits. The resolution that passed Nov. 26 directed the board to pursue a system […] Read more


The University of Saskatchewan-led research project has successfully sequenced the genomes for 15 individual wheat varieties originating from cereal breeding programs around the world.  |  Reuters/Shannon VanRaes photo

Gene breakthrough called ‘huge’ for wheat

Wheat breeding programs around the world have gained access to a powerful new genomic tool that will allow for the more rapid and accurate development of improved, high-yielding wheat varieties. In a landmark research project led by the University of Saskatchewan, an international team of scientists has successfully sequenced the genomes for 15 individual wheat […] Read more

Senator Rob Black of Ontario has proposed that the Senate's agriculture committee lead a comprehensive study on soil health. | File photo

Senator seeks public support for soil study

Senator Rob Black of Ontario has proposed that the Senate’s agriculture committee lead a comprehensive study on soil health. He is asking Canadians, especially those with an interest in soil, to send an email to the committee or members of the committee before it selects its priorities for the next session of Parliament. The letter […] Read more