Trade, market access top priorities in Sask. APF survey

Saskatchewan producers say trade and market access are top priorities for the next agriculture policy framework. The provincial government said this morning that 887 people, three quarters of them producers, responded to a recently completed online survey on the non-business risk management components of the framework. Other respondents were consumers, organizations, processors, researchers and business. […] Read more

Standards developed for no-stun livestock slaughter

Public consultation is being sought on the practice of slaughtering animals without stunning them first. Animal slaughter processes for the halal and kosher markets do not allow stunning in accordance with religious belief. The market for such meat is growing, but there is no national standard in Canada for acceptable practices. “What is acceptable can […] Read more

U.S., Canada producing ample durum but quality may be in short supply

There may be production problems in France and possibly higher than usual demand in North Africa, but a large durum crop in North America will easily fill those market voids, says a market analyst. Consequently, it’s difficult to feel optimistic about durum prices. “I’m not very friendly on the durum market,” said Chuck Penner, owner […] Read more

Ag labour shortage getting worse

Agriculture has the highest job vacancy rate of any industry in Canada, and that labour shortfall may soon become much larger. The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) released results of a labour market information survey of primary agriculture March 15 in Winnipeg. The CAHRC report, based on data from 2014, indicates the gap between […] Read more

Saskatchewan does right by farmers: survey

Saskatchewan farmers think their provincial agriculture department is doing something right. Manitoba’s producers think their department is doing something wrong. That’s the main conclusion of a compilation of three surveys the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has conducted in the past couple of years with farmer and agribusiness members. “In Saskatchewan, the government is much […] Read more