Agriculture big contributor to Canada’s economy

WINNIPEG — A new report from Agriculture Canada says agriculture contributed $111.9 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product in 2016, which accounted for 6.7 percent of the country’s total GDP. The annual report, called An Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and AgriFood System released Nov. 10, provides a summary of the economic performance of the […] Read more

Four jobs for every ag grad: university

It’s a great time to be an agriculture student. Maybe the best time ever. Students at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College should have no trouble finding a job because there are four jobs in Ontario for every OAC graduate. “It’s great news for students entering and coming out of the programs because of […] Read more

China inspires economic envy

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The ex-traordinary transformation of the Chinese economy has the world agog. For companies like Alltech, which manufactures feed ingredients and additives, the agriculture revolution is equally exciting. The company has been in China for 25 years and observed the growth of a youthful urban middle class as well as changes on farms. […] Read more

A friend in need is a friend indeed

A bite on the butt and an unplanned visit to a western Manitoba veterinary clinic was the price my miniature schnauzer, Asta, paid for yapping in the face of a mean, feral farmyard dog. The vet’s bill was the price I paid for this unique risk faced by agricultural journalists and their assistants, but it […] Read more

VIDEO: Who is buried in a cemetery near you?

Any like me who drive down rural roads regularly, pass many cemeteries, giving them little thought or maybe not even noticing as they flash past. These quiet green fields of marble and granite, in which generations of farmers, pioneers and townsfolk lie buried, often contain more names than the phone listings of the diminishing towns […] Read more

Innovation, research key to our future

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says he wants to make innovation a core Canadian value because it’s “the path to growth, the path that leads to a stronger middle class and higher quality jobs.” Canada’s agricultural equipment manufacturers have known this for years. In fact, innovation is at the heart of Canadian […] Read more

Life in the slow lane: what are farmers listening to?

Hours and hours and hours. Alone. That’s a common situation for farmers for weeks and often months a year as they seed, spray, swath, combine and drive truck on and off the farm. So what do farmers listen to? Do they listen to anything in the cab? How is what they’re listening to today different […] Read more

Mr. Investor, meet Mr. Farmer

There’s a new group of investors out there who have a fresh look at the potential of Canadian agriculture

CALGARY — Prairie farmers have relied on borrowed money since 1812 when the first Selkirk settlers ran lines of credit to buy axes, seed and supplies from the Hudson Bay company. Since then, sources of farm credit have expanded to include banks and credit unions, along with federal and provincial governments. As land and input […] Read more

Science educators challenge activists

High school science teachers, university professors and researchers are starting to realize that it is probably up to them to defend genetically modified crops and other modern innovations. Science educators and experts are taking the issue seriously after years of activists being allowed to dominate the public debates that rage around food and agriculture. “Information […] Read more