The study, which will be published tomorrow in Science, a highly regarded scientific journal, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds, said Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Saskatchewan's Toxicology Centre and lead author of the study. | Supplied photo

New neonic study points to songbird decline

The findings of a University of Saskatchewan study may affect the fate of insecticide seed treatments in Canada. The study, which will be published tomorrow in Science, a highly regarded scientific journal, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds. White crowned sparrows that consumed seeds coated with the insecticide lost weight and the […] Read more

Filmmaker Brina Romanek talks with Jim Giffen, the subject of her documentary.  |  Katie Sadie photo

Documentary delves into farm succession

Filmmaker focuses on the story of a retiring Ontario farmer who is passing on his operation to a non-family member

Filmmaker Brina Romanek was working on a project about food waste in Canada when one of her subjects showed her how many farms in the area were not being passed down to the next generation. It sparked an interest in her, and also anxiety about what it would mean for farming’s future. The feeling was […] Read more

Agriculture Canada is currently forecasting a 260,000 tonne chickpea crop this year.  |  File photo

Chickpeas look OK, prices soft

Canada’s chickpea crop likely beat earlier expectations, but poor prices may limit farmer sales at harvest time. “We planted the crop in drought conditions” and were preparing for the worst, said Colin Young of Midwest Grain in Moose Jaw, Sask., pointing to the lack of subsoil moisture in the key chickpea growing regions of southern […] Read more


Kjartan Poulsen keeps a close eye on his cows.  |  Submitted photo

Neighbours milk cows in organic partnership

Two Danish producers have been working together successfully for more than 20 years, and they now milk 900 cows between them

Two dairy farming neighbours in Denmark have been milking cows together for more than 20 years and say the partnership model works well for them. Kjartan Poulsen, chair of the Danish milk producers association, farms on the west coast of the Scandinavian country, 30 kilometres north of Esbjerg. Poulsen had 45 cows in 1998, when […] Read more

The goal of ongoing oat research is to produce new cultivars that have improved end-use qualities and offer improved genetic resistance to major diseases, pests and adverse environmental conditions.  |  File photo

Oat breeding receives funding

The federal government announced late last month that it will spend nearly $2 million to help the prairie oat industry develop new commercial oat cultivars. Ottawa will invest $1,982,915 in prairie oat breeding initiatives — money that will be used to support variety development work led by oat breeder Jennifer Mitchell Fetch at the Agriculture […] Read more


Jordana Slingerland, right, checks her surroundings while her brother and sister, Denver and Kadence, watch as combines harvest a crop for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Aug. 29.   |  Barb Glen photo

Alberta foodgrains project brings in the barley

Canadian Foodgrains Bank project grows barley so it can cater to the region’s feedlots, dairies and poultry producers

COALDALE, Alta. — Barley dust was among the condiments sprinkled on burgers and hotdogs Aug. 29 when the Coaldale Lethbridge Community Growing Project harvested a quarter section of crop. A lunch sponsored by local businesses is one attraction for the event, but so is the sight of the many combines and trucks involved in threshing […] Read more

The support is needed because dugouts and water supplies, especially in Manitoba's Interlake and Parkland regions, have been inadequate for months. Precipitation in late August and early September barely made a difference. | File photo

Manitoba addresses short water supplies

Livestock producers struggling with half-full or empty dugouts are getting some help in Manitoba. Today the provincial government announced funding for farmers who want to improve their water supplies. “We recognize that many producers are feeling the effects of our dry summer and that they may require additional assistance to secure a safe and reliable […] Read more

Saskatchewan harvest operations ground to a halt earlier this week following widespread rain that delivered precipitation in amounts ranging from half an inch or more in central and northern grain growing areas to two inches or more in the province's southern grain growing areas. | File photo

Sask. harvest progress stalls at 18 percent complete

Harvest operations across Saskatchewan are now 18 percent complete, according to the most recent provincial crop report released this morning by Saskatchewan Agriculture. That’s well behind last year at this time, when nearly 60 percent of the crop was already in the bin. The province’s five-year average for this time of year (2014-18) is 43 […] Read more


High energy costs, staff shortages, labour costs and imported products from the United States and other provinces help create a stressful business environment for the greenhouse industry.  |  File photo

Alberta greenhouse closure sign of a tough business

For gardeners, the notice on the Central Alberta Greenhouse’s Facebook page was distressing. After 85 years, the greenhouse was closing its doors. “We regretfully have to inform you of the closure of Central Alberta Greenhouses. Effective: Aug. 6, 2019, our doors will officially be closed.” Since 1931, the third-generation greenhouse had supplied gardeners, florists and […] Read more

AITC-Canada and its provincial partners plan to host three engAGe events this fall and winter in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
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High energy sessions puts shine on agricultural careers

Motivating teenagers and getting them interested in anything other than their phones is not easy. But one model that seems to work is We Day — an inspirational event that encourages youth to shift their thinking from “me” to “we.” That’s why Farm Credit Canada and Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Canada are launching a […] Read more