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The elimination of the 30 percent duty on Canadian lentils makes trade to India much more feasible. | file photo

Lentil prices likely to rise as India drops duty

India is slashing its import duty on lentils, opening up new trade possibilities with Canada’s top customer just before harvest. The new applied duty for most exporters is 11 percent effective July 27, down from 33 percent. The only exception is the United States, which faces a 33 percent duty, down from 55 percent. There […] Read more

Funding to boost Alta. rural internet service

Provincial government says the new initiative is part of its recovery plan to promote economic growth and job creation

The provincial government plans to spend up to $150 million to upgrade and expand access to broadband internet in rural Alberta, improving access to services for thousands of households. “I am so excited on behalf of all the people I represent because this does fight crime,” said Paul McLauchlin, president of the Rural Municipalities of […] Read more

Farmers across the Prairies face significant yield losses this year because of heat waves and lack of rain. Now they may not be able to fill earlier-signed production contracts. | Randy Vanderveen photo

Contract squeeze worries farmers

CAMROSE, Alta — As heat and drought burn up crops across the Prairies, many farmers wonder if they will have enough crop to fill what they thought were modest production contracts. “I worry about my barley because my barley is 70 percent priced and my canola is at 50 percent priced. A lot of farmers […] Read more


The shipping container shortage is particularly problematic for the pulse and special crops industry, which comprises many small exporters supplying niche products to buyers who don’t want to purchase bulk commodities. | File photo

Shipping container crisis deepens

Transport Canada’s response to the long-running shipping container crisis falls far short of Pulse Canada’s expectations. The government says it recognizes the challenges in accessing containers and outbound vessel slots for Canadian exporters. “This is a global market condition phenomenon affecting worldwide container traffic,” Transport Canada spokesperson Sau Sau Liu said in an email. “We […] Read more

Manitoba premier Brian Pallister announced this morning that Ralph Eichler has once again become the province's agriculture minister. | Screencap via YouTube/Government of Manitoba

Eichler returns as Man. ag minister

In a surprise move, a former agriculture minister in Manitoba has been re-appointed to the job. Manitoba premier Brian Pallister announced July 15 that Ralph Eichler has once again become the province’s agriculture minister. Eichler served in that role from 2015-19, following the Progressive Conservatives’ election in the spring of 2015. He will replace Blaine […] Read more


The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has recommended a program based on a feed-need design to provide direct support for extra feed and water costs on a per-animal-per-day basis, but others worry about what happens if the region runs out of feed. | Sandy Black photo

Drought may significantly slash western herd

Some farm leaders are talking about the possibility of a 50 percent reduction across whole regions of Western Canada

The Canadian cattle herd is likely to shrink significantly as a lack of feed and water forces producers to sell off breeding stock. During a town hall meeting organized by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and provincial associations July 19, leaders said cows are already moving to market as producers evaluate how many they can maintain […] Read more

Officials are working on what the disaster assistance program will cover and the accompanying compensation levels. The cost-share is 60 percent federal and 40 percent provincial. Here, federal ag minister Marie-Claude Bibeau visits Curtis McRae’s farm north of Winnipeg on a tour of drought-struck regions. | Ed White photo

Ottawa to trigger AgriRecovery to provide drought help

All three prairie provinces have asked for the program to be initiated and are now hoping details will come soon

Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will initiate AgriRecovery now that formal requests have come in from provinces affected by heat and drought. All three prairie provinces have asked for assessments, and British Columbia and Ontario are expected to do the same. Officials are working on what the disaster assistance program will cover and the accompanying […] Read more

Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the money during a stop at Oak Hammock Marsh in Manitoba July 23. The projects are three-year initiatives under the Nature Smart Climate Solutions fund announced in the most recent federal budget. | Twitter/@mclaudebibeau photo

Ottawa funds conservation, wildlife habitat

Three conservation organizations will share more than $25 million in federal funding for projects to sequester carbon and preserve biodiversity on the Prairies. Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the money during a stop at Oak Hammock Marsh in Manitoba July 23. The projects are three-year initiatives under the Nature Smart Climate Solutions fund announced […] Read more


Racing in front of a full grandstand, Cody Ridsdale, left, driving the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement wagon, and Chad Fike on the Sprung Structures wagon round the first bend after leaving the barrels in the second race of the night in the World Professional Chuckwagon Association’s Battle of the Foothills in High River, Alta., July 16-18. WPCA drivers were unable to compete at the Calgary Stampede this year due to safety concerns. | Mike Sturk photo

Chuckwagon challenge – photo essay

World Professional Chuckwagon Association drivers were unable to compete at the Calgary Stampede this year due to safety concerns. The WPCSA drivers were able to take part in the Battle of the Foothills in High River, Alta., July 16-18. | Mike Sturk photos

Precipitation statistics reveal year of struggles

Precipitation statistics reveal year of struggles

Heat has also been a problem, and market analysts believe canola yields could be 50 percent of normal on many farms

Winnipeg is short an entire foot of moisture. In a normal year, the city and much of eastern Manitoba receives about 520 millimetres of precipitation in the form of rain and snow. However, from Aug. 1, 2020, to July 15, 2021, the Environment Canada weather station in Winnipeg has recorded 232 mm of precipitation, which […] Read more