Man. cattle producers demand solutions

The plight of Manitoba’s cattle producers was put in front of the premier and cabinet last week, but no easy solutions were offered in response. “This has been a disaster for us,” Orville Proctor, who farms north of Winnipeg, said at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention in Winnipeg Nov. 27. “I know you’re […] Read more

Award celebrates women in agriculture

Shannon McArton accepted this year’s BMO Celebrating Women in Agriculture award last week on behalf of all the farm women who worked without recognition. “I think about our mothers, our grandmothers, our great-grandmothers, who worked incredibly hard — physical labour, holding the farm together, holding the family together — in a time when respect and […] Read more

Property rights protection supported

Maxime Bernier wants to stand up for rural residents and stop what he calls the harassment of law-abiding gun owners. He said Canada’s firearms laws are broken and need to be replaced with effective legislation that protects property rights and cracks down on dangerous criminals. As leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Bernier suggested […] Read more

Alta. graziers called safe in plan for new park

Province to increase enforcement efforts as more users are expected to use the proposed Bighorn Country park

The Alberta government is looking to get feedback on a proposed park plan for an area known as Bighorn Country, a massive piece of land in the southwestern and west-central part of the foothills and Rockies. The proposal, which primarily affects Clearwater and Brazeau counties, includes establishing Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park and creating three new […] Read more

Alta. spud growers say no to refundable checkoff

Alberta potato farmers are expected to soon no longer get refunds for checkoffs they provide to their crop commission. In a November plebisite of Potato Growers of Alberta, a majority voted in favour of making service charges non-refundable. Of the 68 votes cast, 56 (82.3 percent) were in favour of non-refundable service charges while 12 […] Read more

AG Notes

Ag biomass growth supported The federal government is investing $499,433 to help Competitive Green Technologies research and develop a biomass-based alternative material that could replace traditional nylon in automobile manufacturing and other industries. Collaborating with the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre at the University of Guelph, the company is developing a new biocomposite material from […] Read more

The trucking division of Somerville Farms Ltd. got its start hauling local grain in southwestern Saskatchewan but has since grown into a continental, long-haul transport company, moving goods throughout Canada and the United States. Unit 285, owned by Jordan Peters, is shown here during a run through Natrona County near Casper, Wyoming. |  Photo courtesy of Somerville Farms Ltd.

Eatonia trucking company finds success on the road

For prairie grain farmers, diversification opportunities can come in many different shapes and sizes — everything from livestock production and value-added processing to custom combining or agri-tourism. For Somerville Farms at Eatonia, Sask., diversification meant climbing behind the wheel of a truck and hitting the highway — something members of the Somerville family have been […] Read more

Numbers up for bison, prices down

The number of bison on offer was up but sale prices were down during the 26th annual show and sale at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Seventy-nine head sold for a total of $451,810 compared to 67 animals that sold for $531,650 last year. Two bulls each sold for $17,000 to top the sale, including […] Read more

The researchers linked the projected decline in meat prices to reduced demand, as a significant portion of Canadians look to lower their meat consumption while switching to plant-based protein alternatives. | Screencap via

More Canadians turning to plant-based proteins: report

Canadians are showing more and more interest in reducing meat consumption, while increasing their purchases of plant-based proteins, according to data compiled in the latest Food Price Report from the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University. Overall, the report predicted a 1.5 to 3.5 percent increase in the average Canadian food bill in 2019. At […] Read more

In an effort to resolve their countries' trade war, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to the truce at the recent G20 summit in Argentina.  | Twitter/@XHNews photo

Changing trade truce views leave questions for soy market

The initial positive outlook the United States futures markets had towards the 90-day truce in the U.S.-China trade war is fading and is leaving traders with opposing views on where the Chicago Board of Trade soybean market is heading. In an effort to resolve their countries’ trade war, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President […] Read more