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U.S. groups raise hackles over the definition of ‘meat’

3 months 2 weeks ago
The issue The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) has submitted a petition to the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), asking that labeling rules exclude certain products from being called ‘beef’ or ‘meat’. The group is asking that ‘meat’ only be used as a descriptor for products derived directly from animals... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Wheat School: Check your sulphur source and rates

3 months 2 weeks ago
RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson is a big proponent of pushing nitrogen rates to pump up winter wheat yields. But for higher N rates to pay, growers must ensure the crop has an adequate supply of sulphur or they risk inducing sulphur deficiency. In this episode of the RealAgriculture Wheat School, Wheat Pete explains why growers need... Read more »
Bernard Tobin

Transport minister accepts Senate’s grain-related amendments to Bill C-49

3 months 2 weeks ago
The scoop: Transport Minister Marc Garneau has decided to accept the Senate’s main grain-related amendments to Bill C-49 — the government’s long-awaited transportation legislation. Farm groups are applauding the minister’s decision, while urging MPs and Senators to agree on the amendments and to pass the bill before the summer break. The story: Farm groups are... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

Liberals missing out on an easy win by not ratifying CPTPP

3 months 2 weeks ago
Canada signed its name on the dotted line at the CPTPP signing ceremony in Chile on March 6th, 2018. But unfortunately, agriculture and other interested parties cannot afford to take pressure off the government. The deal will take effect when six of the eleven participating countries have ratified it. So if Canada drags its feet... Read more »
Shaun Haney

RealAg Radio, April 27: StatsCan acreage surprises, quinclorac, and FCC’s farmland values report

3 months 2 weeks ago
What are the legislative priorities here? Host Shaun Haney starts off the show discussing potential ‘easy wins’ for the federal government. Then: Top Ag News with Kelvin Heppner. StatsCan’s shocking acreage report – Dwight Nichol, DLN AgVentures, joins the show to interpret the surprises. Are producers more concerned about drought than analysts anticipated? What’s up... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Have drought concerns trumped market signals in prairie seeding plans?

3 months 2 weeks ago
Statistics Canada surprised grain market analysts with higher-than-expected acreage estimates for wheat, durum, lentils and peas, and a much lower-than-expected number for canola, on Friday. Coming off a dry year in much of Western Canada in 2017, you can’t help but notice the crops that came in above expectations are crops we generally think of... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

StatsCan delivers big surprises in first acreage estimates

3 months 2 weeks ago
Canadian farmers plan to seed far fewer acres of canola and much more wheat than what the market was expecting, according to Statistics Canada’s first acreage estimates for the 2018 growing season. The federal agency published its Principle Field Crop Areas report on Friday, based on a survey of about 11,600 farms between March 2 and... Read more »
Kelvin Heppner

EU approves near-total ban of neonicotinoids

3 months 2 weeks ago
After several delays on voting, a majority of European Union member states voted in favour of added restrictions on outdoor neonicotinoid use on Friday. Restrictions on neonic use within the EU were first introduced in 2013. Similar to restrictions in Canada, imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam were first restricted for use on corn wheat, barley, oats, and... Read more »
Lyndsey Smith

RealAg Radio, April 26: Buy or Sell, an open letter on rail, and Wheat Pete’s Word

3 months 2 weeks ago
Today on the show: Top Ag News Buy or Sell – Everyone’s favourite (ag) game show is back, with topics ranging from canola acreage to hockey playoffs. Let us know what you think of Kelvin’s answers by emailing, tweeting (with #RealAgRadio) or commenting below. Thoughts on Politics – John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills, joins... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Farm & Food Care Ontario names new chair

3 months 2 weeks ago
Farm & Food Care Ontario recently named its board of directors for the coming year. Stepping into the chair’s position is Christine Schoonderwoerd, nominated to the board by Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd. Schoonderwoerd replaces Brian Gilroy, nominated by Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, who assumes the role of past chair for the organization.... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

U.S. tolerance established, clearing way for Manipulator on wheat

3 months 2 weeks ago
After several years of waiting, Canadian farmers will be able to use the plant growth regulator (PGR) known as Manipulator on wheat destined for the U.S., beginning in 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the regulation establishing a maximum residue limit for chlormequat chloride — the active ingredient in Manipulator — on Wednesday (April... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Northgate facility provides an alternative to Canadian rail system

3 months 2 weeks ago
As the home of the only grain-handling facility in Canada that has direct, high-speed service from a U.S. railroad, the commodity logistics hub at Northgate, Saskatchewan, gives its owner a unique position in the Western Canadian grain industry — and a unique view of the current grain backlog. Opened in 2016, Ceres Global Ag’s facility,... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Does activism have to be a four-letter-word?

3 months 2 weeks ago
First: a disclaimer. I completely agree that the Health Canada front-of-package labeling regulations, as written, are not what I want, as a consumer and as a farmer. I also completely agree that if, as individuals and as groups, people share a view they should absolutely speak up and voice their concerns, especially during the comment... Read more »
Lyndsey Smith

Waterbed design aims to keep cows comfy and cool

3 months 2 weeks ago
Better cow comfort can deliver a host of benefits for both the animal and the milk tank. Improving overall cow health, increasing cow longevity, and putting more milk in the tank are all byproducts of cow comfort. Dairy equipment suppliers are also focusing on the growing impact of heat stress, and French manufacturer Bioret Agri... Read more »
Bernard Tobin
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