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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 3:22pm
Yes, we’re a day late with Wheat Pete’s Word, but it was so worth it because we broke a record for most questions in a week! Well, OK, that’s not quite true, but it was so close — so hats off to you, dear listeners and readers, we really do appreciate all the interactions and... Read more »
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 3:13pm

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Residents attend a course about urban agriculture. Photographer: Manaure Quintero/Bloomberg

“Planters on Caracas balconies are not going to solve the growing problem of hunger in Venezuela,” said opposition lawmaker Maria Martinez, who sits on the National Assembly’s agricultural commission

By Andrew Rosati, Fabiola Zerpa
Bloomberg Markets
September 22, 2016

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Critics are quick to point to more than a decade’s worth of expropriations that left fields to fallow while a flood of cheap imports during Venezuela’s oil bonanza discouraged farming entirely. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Land, almost 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres) were nationalized from 2010 to 2015 alone.

Further complicating Maduro’s hopes of turning Venezuela’s cities green is that the country’s tight price and currency controls have made many critical inputs — like fertilizers, pesticides and replacement parts — either too expensive or simply unavailable.

“They’re going to face exactly the same problems we do,”said Pedro Vicente Perez, director of FEDEAGRO. “It’s quaint idea, but it’s certainly not going to feed the country.”

Read the complete article here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 1:18pm
Manitoba’s provincial farm group is miffed the province is being left out of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee’s upcoming consultations for the next agricultural policy framework. With the current Growing Forward 2 framework set to expire in early 2018, MPs on the ag committee are planning to tour the country seeking input for the... Read more »
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:14pm
Could the great dry up finally be on for Western Canada? Will we stay frost-free to Thanksgiving? Real Agriculture’s Shaun Haney is joined by senior agriculture meteorologist for DTN Bryce Anderson to talk current weather trends for Western Canada —  including what’s behind the cool, wet weather trend most farmers have been grappling with for... Read more »
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:10pm
Virtual reality technology is making it possible to get a close look at a crop without having to set foot in the field. Someday you might not even have to leave the farmyard or office. Using a 360-degree camera mounted on a quadcopter drone and an off-the-shelf virtual reality headset to hold a smartphone, Matt Johnson... Read more »
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 10:14am
When you give away a million dollars you get people’s attention. That was Pioneer’s plan when it launched its ‘Seed for Life’ promotion in 2015. Earlier this month at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, the company announced that Marc-André Pilon, a farmer from Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec, had won the grand prize of $50,000 worth of Pioneer seed... Read more »
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:18am
New genetics are expected to help dry bean growers fight back against common bacterial blight — the number one foliar disease in beans in Western Canada. Annual dry bean field surveys in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan show common bacterial blight “is usually quite severe and widespread,” explains Bob Conner, pulse crop pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC),... Read more »
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:19am

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Jesse Brown of the Mason Street City Farm tends to tomatoes growing in the garden. — Image Credit: Pamela Roth.

Mayor Lisa Helps said she overlooked the impact the language could have, adding there shouldn’t be a constant dichotomy between farmers and developers, but instead they need to work together to encourage food production in the city.

By Kendra Wong
Victoria News
Sep 21, 2016

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Local urban farmers are rejoicing about the ability to grow and sell their own food, after Victoria city council recently passed a number of bylaw changes allowing them to do so.

“I’m happy to see it happen, I think it’s a totally necessary step and something that the community of Victoria was really asking for,” said Julia Ford, an urban farmer with City Harvest and Welland Legacy Orchard.

Council recently passed a number of bylaw changes that would expand the range of potential sites for new urban food production businesses to include commercial areas, vacant lots, residential properties, rooftops, institutional properties and other underused sites.

Those wanting to sell food, however, are required to obtain a business licence for offsite sales (such as retail locations and restaurants) and on-site sales (such as food stands and farm box pick-up locations). A year-long licence would cost $100 while a three-month licence is $25. The change eliminates the need for a development permit.

Read the complete article here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 5:39am
Having enough forage on hand for the fall grazing or winter feeding season is sort of like the best time to plant a tree — it should have been planned for a long time ago. But even the best of intentions got waylaid this year throughout much of Ontario because it Just. Didn’t. Rain. Many... Read more »
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 5:33am
Ontario’s focus on the environmental side of farming has just been underlined and intensified, even more. With the midpoint mandate of her provincial government having been reached, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne put pen to paper last week to help guide both new and established ministers on the next part of their journey. Her mission was... Read more »

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