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Using innovative techniques to achieve crop traits, the company developed camelina lines that produce PHA in the seed. | Screencap via yield10bio.com

New camelina produces plastic in the seed

An American firm is developing a new type of camelina, which produces bioplastic in the seed. Yield10 Bioscience of Massachusetts announced this morning that the bioplastic in the seed could eventually be used to make biodegradable consumer products, such as Ziploc sandwich bags or bio-degradable grocery bags. “It is truly exciting to reach this milestone […] Read more

Swift endorsement and delivery of this enhanced AgriStability program is critical,

Ottawa, Ontario urge support of AgriStability changes

Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her Ontario counterpart have issued a statement urging all provinces to support proposed changes to AgriStability. Swift endorsement and delivery of this enhanced AgriStability program is critical,” Bibeau and Ernie Hardeman said. They said farmers face challenges from COVID-19, yet have pressed on. “While the proposed changes to AgriStability […] Read more

Although the announcement Jan. 18 is a small step in the right direction,

Alberta pauses coal lease sales

Due to growing public opposition to its plans for the development of open-pit coal mines on Alberta’s eastern slopes, the provincial government has blinked. “We have listened carefully to the concerns raised in recent days, and thank those who spoke up with passion,” energy minister Sonya Savage said in a statement Jan. 18. “As a […] Read more


Country stars speak out against coal mining

Canadian country musicians are opposing an Alberta decision easing the development of open-pit coal mines along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. “One of the things I’d like to point out is that people get kind of annoyed when some entertainers talk about current events, and I agree with them most of the time,” […] Read more

Banner year for Canadian oat exports

Canadian grain farmers grew a huge oat crop in 2020. It came at a time when global demand for oats was high due to a number of factors, including increased demand from the United States and Mexico, and lower production in Australia, a key competitor. Another major factor was unexpectedly strong demand from South America, […] Read more


During Crop Production Week meetings, numerous provincial crop commissions representing oilseed, cereal grain, pulse crop and special crop producers passed resolutions aimed at pushing the provincial and federal government to recognize environmentally friendly farming practices that have been adopted by the province's farmers. | File photo

Farmers propose tying carbon credits to carbon tax

Saskatchewan’s crop producers say it’s time farmers were compensated for the contributions they’ve made toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They want provincial crop commissions and grower associations to lobby government for a system that does just that. During Crop Production Week meetings, numerous provincial crop commissions representing oilseed, cereal grain, pulse crop and special crop […] Read more

To date, there is no indication temporary foreign workers or people employed in meat packing facilities have received the vaccine anywhere in Canada. | File photo

Provinces have no clear plans to vaccinate meat plant workers

As Canadians brace for a COVID-19 vaccine shortage, it remains unclear when temporary foreign workers — thousands of whom are employed in meat packing plants — will receive it. On Jan. 15, Canada’s minister responsible for vaccine procurement, Anita Anand, said the country’s supply of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was experiencing a delay because the […] Read more

The 675-gram package with a best-before date of March 15, 2021, is the batch affected. | CFIA photo

Undercooking prompts sausage recall

Harvest Meats, based in Yorkton, Sask., has issued a recall for its Harvest brand Polish sausages due to undercooking. The 675-gram package with a best-before date of March 15, 2021, is the batch affected. The sausage has been distributed in all western provinces as well as Ontario and Northwest Territories. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency […] Read more


A comprehensive economic partnership agreement between the two nations would benefit importers and exporters by improving market access to the world's fourth most populous country, according to Global Affairs Canada. | Screencap via Twitter/@Mary_Ng

Canada, Indonesia explore trade deal

Canada is exploring the merits of a trade agreement with Indonesia. International Trade Minister Mary Ng announced Jan. 11 that Canada was beginning public consultations. “Canada is committed to diversifying trade across the Asia-Pacific region to create new trade and investment opportunities for all Canadians,” Ng said in a statement. “Deepening trade ties with Indonesia […] Read more

The changes were necessary, says minister Blaine Pedersen, because the days of farmers dropping into the Manitoba Agriculture office and chatting with a crop adviser over coffee are in the past. | Screencap via gov.mb.ca

No layoffs expected as some Man. ag offices close

The Manitoba government has restructured its agriculture department following 14 months of planning. It means office closures for 21 communities. The changes were necessary, says minister Blaine Pedersen, because the days of farmers dropping into the Manitoba Agriculture office and chatting with a crop adviser over coffee are in the past. “The old ag office, […] Read more