Sulfur has been used on agricultural lands as a fertilizer and a pesticide to improve production and crop health. | File photo

Sulfur pollution finger pointed at agriculture

American researchers say they have found that modern farming is the largest human source of sulfur in the environment

Sulfur pollution has reached levels of up to 10 times higher than the peak sulfur loads of the acid rain days of the 1960s and 1970s. The source appears to be additions of sulfur to agricultural crops. “For several years, my research group has been studying the fate of high sulfur loads applied to California […] Read more

International hemp groups want crop deregulated

Hemp growers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are tired of the stringent and complex regulations around industrial hemp. Collectively, they are calling for a consistent and global system for the production and sale of hemp. In simple terms, they want governments to treat it like an agricultural crop. “The global consensus is clear. […] Read more

The explosion that destroyed much of Beirut, including its major grain silo, has damaged the port’s handling capacity, but the World Food Program does not think Lebanon is heading toward a food crisis.  |  Reuters/Mohamed Azakir photo

Beirut port explosion hammers Lebanon’s grain import capacity

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) — Beirut port’s capacity to handle wheat and other bulk cereal imports has collapsed to about a fifth or less of its level before a massive blast smashed its grain silos and other facilities, a senior United Nations official said. But Abdallah Alwardat, the country director for the World Food Program, told […] Read more


Australia’s recent troubles with China appeared to begin with a call for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins, but those inside the Australian government says worries have been building for some time over what’s perceived to be China’s threat to Australia’s democracy and national sovereignty.  | Reuters/Jason Lee photo

How to stand up to a superpower

Canada is not alone as it feels China’s wrath, but Australia is facing down the Asian giant in a high-stakes strategy

CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) — Australia is standing up to China. Watch closely: it may be a harbinger of things to come, as the world’s smaller countries respond to the increasingly coercive Asian economic superpower. For years, the Australian political and business establishment had a paramount goal: protect and expand this country’s booming exports to fast-growing […] Read more

This combine is as-is from when it was purchased by Elkhorn, Man,. farmer Lynn Tutthill from a farmer in Killarney, Man.  |  Ed White photo

Threshermen’s Reunion focuses on Cockshutt

The annual festival in Manitoba had to be cancelled this year due to COVID restrictions but has now set its sights on 2021

AUSTIN, Man. — Cancelling the 2020 Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion was heartbreaking. “We struggled with that,” said Gerry Currie, chair of the annual festival of old-time harvesting and farm machinery. But work is underway to make the 2021 event better than ever, he said. Next summer will see the first gathering in Western Canada of the […] Read more


The World Wildlife Fund lists agricultural activity as the 10th most significant threat to the survival and restoration of at-risk species in Canada.  |  Brian Cross photo

Ag listed as culprit in loss of wildlife habitat

World Wildlife Fund says in a report that species considered to be at-risk declined by 59 percent between 1970 and 2016

A global report on the status of at-risk wildlife species lists agriculture as one of 11 primary factors that contribute to the loss of critical wildlife habitat and pose further threats to the survival of endangered wildlife species. The Living Planet Report, prepared by the World Wildlife Fund, looks at the fate of at-risk wildlife […] Read more

Although many grain-based mycotoxins such as DON develop during wet growing conditions or periods of prolonged high humidity and moisture, any conditions that cause plant stress, including drought, hail or wind, can be conducive to mould growth and the presence of mycotoxins. | File photo

Dry weather no reason for farmers to stop worrying about mycotoxins

Many mycotoxins are associated with wet weather, but grain-based aflatoxins and other fungal diseases can thrive in hot, dry conditions

Growing conditions across much of Western Canada have been hot and dry this year, especially in southern and central growing regions during late July and August. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the grain harvested this fall will be free of deoxynivalenol (DON) or other grain-borne mycotoxins. “Obviously, it’s still pretty early so we haven’t […] Read more

China expects a bumper 2020-21 corn crop at around 266.5 million tonnes, but that’s still not enough to meet demand from the country’s livestock industry.  |   REUTERS/Ryan Woo photo

China’s looming corn shortage causes unease

Food prices have risen as the country heads for its first real shortfall in years and faces a deficit of up to 30 million tonnes

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Soaring corn prices are stoking food security jitters in China, where food inflation has climbed to the highest in over a decade and President Xi Jinping made a recent high-profile plea for an end to waste. The price surge in corn — critical for China’s mammoth hog, dairy and poultry sectors […] Read more


The 25-member council is tasked with meeting with the Minister to share their aspirations for a sustainable and prosperous agriculture sector. | Screencap via agr.gc.ca

Youth council holds first meeting online

Federal Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. The 25-member council is tasked with meeting with the minister to share their aspirations for a sustainable and prosperous agriculture sector. The governing Liberals are developing a “green economic recovery plan” to help Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, […] Read more

Stuart Chutter raises livestock and practises regenerative agriculture on his farm near Killaly, Sask. | Nathan Jones photo

Sask. producer finds a different way to farm

Stuart Chutter raises livestock using low input and grass-based methods and also follows regenerative farming practices

Stuart Chutter is challenging typical farmer stereotypes on his operation near Killaly in east-central Saskatchewan.  Growing up on a cattle ranch in British Columbia, followed by a brief stint in commercial banking, Chutter decided to return to his farm roots by buying 350 meat goats in Alberta. He then moved the farm to Saskatchewan, saying […] Read more