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Managing costly potato disease The federal government is investing more than $2.3 million to support the Canadian Horticultural Council’s research into managing the Potato Early Dying disease. The horticulture sector contributed an additional $991,918 towards this research, for a total investment of more than $3.3 million. The project will help potato growers manage Potato Early […] Read more

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New plant-based fertilizer coming to market Vancouver-based Lucent BioSciences has raised $2.9 million from Protein Industries Canada Supercluster, AGT Foods and Ingredients, and a group of investors to bring Soileos to market. Soileos is a new sustainable micronutrient smart fertilizer for agriculture. The company reports the organic fertilizer increases yields without runoff pollution, sequesters carbon, […] Read more

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CFA receives funding for sustainability Ottawa plans to invest $560,000 over three years for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to develop the Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative. The initiative is expected to provide Canadian farmers and processors an online portal to meet the growing demand for proof of sustainability from customers. The funding will be used […] Read more


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Researchers seek wireworm samples Wireworm damage to field crops is poised to escalate, says a crop specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre. However, producers can be part of the process to find a control solution for their area by baiting and trapping them. Wireworm damage in field crops is rebounding since the ban of organochlorine […] Read more

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Food security research funded The University of Saskatchewan has received a $675,000 research grant from the Global Institute for Food Security to investigate social science impacts on food security and barriers to agri-food innovation. The money will fund collaborative studies with experts in the U of S’s Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation […] Read more


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Musician receives 4-H Canada award Canadian country music artist Gord Bamford will receive 4-H Canada’s Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual 4-H Canada Leadership Awards in Ottawa this month. Bamford has 26 Canadian Country Music Association awards, several Juno nominations, and two CMA Global Country Artist awards. As well, the Gord Bamford Foundation has generated […] Read more

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Tax credit available to canola growers Canola growers in Alberta who do not request a refund of their checkoff fees from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission qualify for a tax credit for the 2019 tax year. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit allows canola growers to claim the credit for the portion of […] Read more

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SaskBarley announces new board Jason Skotheim will remain as chair for the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley) and Brent Johnson will remain vice-chair. Skotheim farms with his brothers on a 4,500-acre operation north of Prince Albert growing barley, wheat and canola. He is also a founding owner of Horizon Manufacturing Inc., which produces dry pet […] Read more


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Farmers Edge does water deal Farmers Edge of Manitoba and Lindsay Corp. of Nebraska and Ames, Iowa, are integrating digital platforms, which they say will help growers make more informed water management and irrigation decisions. The plan is designed to give growers the ability to add pivot irrigation data and access to FieldNET Pivot Watch […] Read more

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Hall of fame names executives Five new executive members will join the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame this year, including newly named president Trish Jordan and vice-president Ted Menzies. Newly elected members to the board include Peter Clarke of Nova Scotia, Maggie Van Camp from Ontario, Phil Boyd of Ontario, Art Enns from Manitoba and […] Read more