Ottawa has been far too silent about India suddenly slapping a 50 percent duty on pea imports, says a pulse crop analyst. Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, said federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has been conspicuously quiet about Canada being blocked out of its top yellow pea market. “Where the hell is […] Read more
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Protein spreads for spring wheat are raising eyebrows. “They’re awfully wide,” said Brian Voth, president of Prairie Farm Consulting. “They’re wider than what we’ve ever seen as long as I can remember, even under the (Canadian) Wheat Board days.” The discount for 12 percent protein is about $1 per bushel below the price paid for […] Read more
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The Canadian cattle industry is in that sweetest of spots — all sectors are making money. How long that will last is tricky to predict, market analyst Anne Wasko told those at a Nov. 15 Cow-Calfenomics session organized by Alberta Agriculture. The fall calf run was better than expected, feeders are doing well after a […] Read more
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If farmers are annoyed by Statistics Canada’s requests to answer surveys, they might be happier in future. But some analysts urge StatsCan to move cautiously if it intends to do fewer farmer surveys. “In terms of making markets work and making price discovery, we have to be very cautious about changing reporting structures and things […] Read more
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Flaten made a presentation Oct. 24 to the Manitoba legislative committee reviewing Bill 24 to lift the hog barn moratorium in that province. This version has been edited for length. My main purpose in participating in today’s session is to discuss some of the scientific principles for environmentally sound nutrient management practices, to help ensure […] Read more
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The cause of an Oct. 17 wildfire that began near Hilda, Alta., and spread into Saskatchewan is likely to determine what assistance is available to farmers and ranchers who sustained losses. Alberta’s Office of the Fire Commissioner is still investigating the cause amid unconfirmed reports that the wind reignited embers in a fire pit used […] Read more
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Alberta’s rural leaders plan to lobby the provincial government to maintain the number of non-urban electoral ridings. They argue that reducing the number of rural ridings would reduce rural voices in the legislature. The decision to take up the issue came about following a resolution passed Nov. 15 at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts […] Read more
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OTTAWA — Good nutrition has gone beyond food to supporting the health of the planet. Sustainable diets are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, economically fair and affordable, said Joanne Gallagher, assistant director for nutrition with Dairy Farmers of Canada. Sustainability cannot be ignored but Gallagher worries people are not eating well […] Read more
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OLDS, Alta. — Imagine snacking on fresh, locally grown strawberries at Christmas. Wayne and Caroline Lohr and their business partner, Ulf Geerds, hope to do just that with their new venture growing vegetables, herbs and strawberries indoors year round on vertical panels. Based at Olds, Alta., this new technology dovetails well with their seasonal bedding […] Read more
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High Prairie, Alta. — The shooting of a grizzly bear preying on cattle in the Peace district has re-ignited the debate over how far ranchers can go to protect themselves and their livestock. Leroy Scott Peats of the Whitemud Provincial Grazing Reserve near Dixonville, Alta., has been charged for allegedly shooting a female grizzly and […] Read more
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