Canada Farming & Agriculture
More than 100 animals dead after fire at Alberta dairy farm
Green House Brands to set up Canadian marijuana base in joint venture with Canopy Growth
Why farmers and the public need to keep talking
South Africa sees protests against murders of white farmers
White South African farmers protest murder spree
Vandals burn down N.S. farmer’s ‘beloved bear’ hay sculpture
Ontario man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in deaths of 1,500 pigs
2018-01-19 05:41:35 SIMCOE, Ont. - Ontario's animal welfare agency says a man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Ben Stein, of Tavistock, Ont., pleaded guilty Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court to permitting an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate sanitary conditions, failing to provide adequate ventilation and failing to provide adequate medical attention   Read More ...
Ontario man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in deaths of 1,500 pigs
2018-01-19 05:40:44 SIMCOE, Ont. -- Ontario's animal welfare agency says a man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Ben Stein, of Tavistock, Ont., pleaded guilty Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court to permitting an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate sanitary conditions, failing to provide adequate ventilation and failing to provide adequate medical attention   Read More ...
Expanding employment opportunities for young Canadians in agriculture
2018-01-17 12:37:55 Farmers know the importance of keeping the land, water and air healthy to sustain their farms from one generation to the next. The Government of Canada is making strategic investments to help farmers and young Canadians adopt innovative practices and develop skills for a cleaner more prosperous Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced today that the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative is now taking applications for 2018   Read More ...
Canterbury farm sold for $17m to Canadian government approved by Overseas Investment Office
2018-01-15 14:45:19 The sale of a Canterbury dairy farm for more than $17 million to a company owned by the Canadian government has been approved by the Overseas Investment Office (OIO). OIO approval was given in November for the purchase in the latest round of decisions for overseas investment of sensitive New Zealand land. The transaction includes a medium sized dairy farm of 335 hectares and a neighbouring dairy support block of 72ha, also on freehold land at Hororata   Read More ...
Canada buys $17m Canterbury farm
2018-01-15 10:22:28 A company owned by the Canadian government has bought at $17 million dairy farm in Canterbury. The sale to Ramsay Dairy Farm Limited was approved by the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) in November last year. The company invests in the Canadian public sector pension investment board. The sale included more than 335 hectares of land at 803 Ardlui Road, and about 72 hectares of land at Morgans Road in Hororata   Read More ...
Canadian pension fund gets approval to buy $17.7M dairy farm
2018-01-15 08:13:07 Canada's Public Sector Pension Board gets OIO approval to buy $17.7M dairy farm and block By Rebecca Howard. Jan. 15 (BusinessDesk) - Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board, or PSP Investments, got a green light to buy a medium-sized dairy farm and a neighbouring dairy support block in Canterbury for $17.7 million just ahead of tougher requirements on land sales to foreign buyers   Read More ...
First dispatch of farm workers to Canada this week
2018-01-02 19:02:30 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The first group of 300 seasonal farm workers from Jamaica will be travelling to Canada on January 4th and 5th, to take up employment opportunities under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). According to a release from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, they will be employed in greenhouse crop production, food processing, tobacco-planting, vegetable farming and fruit tree cultivation   Read More ...
Turmoil, eviction threats at farmers market featured in CBC investigation of homegrown lies
2017-12-29 18:06:51 Lucas Powers is a Toronto-based writer and photographer. He's reported for CBC News from across Canada. When he's not angling for stories, he's probably flyfishing for trout. Related Stories Several local producers say they're facing expulsion from the Peterborough, Ont., farmers market because of their campaign to increase transparency among fellow vendors, just months after a CBC Marketplace investigation revealed two vendors were not being upfront about the provenance of their fruits and veggies   Read More ...
BRIEF-Organigram Enters Into Letter Of Intent With Farm Credit Canada For $10 Mln
2017-12-18 23:08:16 Dec 18 (Reuters) - Organigram Holdings Inc: * ORGANIGRAM ENTERS INTO LETTER OF INTENT WITH FARM CREDIT CANADA FOR $10 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: Our Standards:   Read More ...
How California is making dairy cows climate friendly
2017-12-05 17:32:52 “California Regulates Cow Farts,” is how a New York Post headline put it, implying it was a wacky move by Governor Jerry Brown. In fact, California’s methane law represents a serious attempt by America’s biggest dairy state to come to grips with a potent greenhouse gas. Methane is responsible for about a quarter of human-generated global warming. While it’s not nearly as prevalent as carbon dioxide, and it breaks down in the atmosphere faster, methane is many times more effective than CO2 at trapping heat   Read More ...
'This was done on purpose': Steel bars destroy Canadian farmers' crops, combines
2017-12-02 19:06:55 The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after Ottawa farmers uncovered several metal rods planted on their farms, destroying crops and combines. Farmers in the townships of Bourget, Ont., and Alfred and Plantagenet, Ont., just east of Ottawa, all reported similar incidents to the provincial police in late November. While driving his combine over the last of his corn crop last week, Bourget, Ont   Read More ...
Gunmen attack agriculture institute in Pakistan, killing 12
2017-12-02 02:07:00 PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Islamist militants stormed a provincial government complex for agricultural research in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 12 people including students and wounding 35 others, police and rescue officials said. Police and military troops killed three attackers during a firefight and while clearing the complex in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, they said. The main Taliban militant group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility saying the place they attacked was housing a secret intelligence office   Read More ...
Pets or meat? P.E.I. petting farm gets flak for goats sold to eat
2017-12-01 23:03:10 CHARLOTTETOWN -- The owner of a petting farm in P.E.I. says she never expected backlash for discussing how some of her goats will be served up next week in a Charlottetown restaurant. Flory Sanderson opened her popular Island Hill Farm to visitors four years ago but says she never disguised its main focus -- raising goats for dairy and meat. "Some happen to go to table, and I think that's A-OK," she said from the 120-hectare property in Hampshire, northwest of Charlottetown   Read More ...
Pets or meat? P.E.I. petting farm gets flak after some goats are sold as meat
2017-12-01 21:03:06 The owner of a petting farm in P.E.I. says she never expected backlash for discussing how some of her goats will be served up next week in a Charlottetown restaurant.Flory Sanderson says she opened her Island Hill Farm to visitors four years ago but never disguised its main focus – raising goats for dairy and meat.She says all her animals are raised humanely with care, and just a few are sold for consumption   Read More ...
Gunmen attack agriculture institute in Pakistan, killing 12
2017-12-01 14:33:32 PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Islamist militants stormed a provincial government complex for agriculture research in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 12 people including students and wounding 35 others, police and rescue officials said. Police and military troops killed three attackers during a firefight and while clearing the complex in Peshawar, they said. The main Taliban militant group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility. Police chief Salahuddin Mahsud of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said attackers opened fire on the main gate of a provincial Agricultural Department complex, initially wounding two guards and two students   Read More ...
At least 12 dead after gunmen attack agriculture institute in Pakistan
2017-12-01 12:06:30 PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Islamist militants stormed a provincial government complex for agriculture research in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 12 people including students and wounding 35 others, police and rescue officials said. Police and military troops killed three attackers during a firefight and while clearing the complex in Peshawar, they said. The main Taliban militant group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility. Police chief Salahuddin Mahsud of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said attackers opened fire on the main gate of a provincial Agricultural Department complex, initially wounding two guards and two students   Read More ...
Canadian weed grower plans cannabis-infused dog chews to help improve canine quality of life
2017-11-30 17:04:27 Turns out, this bud isn’t just for you. True Leaf Medicine International Ltd., a small Canadian company operating in the country’s fast-emerging marijuana industry, plans to sell dog chews containing cannabis extracts. True Leaf already makes hemp-seed infused products for dogs to ease joint pain, anxiety and inflammation. It intends to raise $10 million (US$7.8 million) through an equity crowdfunding in the U   Read More ...
Future of Grace Mugabe's farms, assets an open question in Zimbabwe
2017-11-23 21:14:27 Dairy farm, wildlife preserve were among the initiatives on seized land that led to evictions For years, a group of Zimbabwean villagers resisted efforts by the wife of President Robert Mugabe to force them off a farm near the capital, enduring police raids and the demolition of their homes. Now that Mugabe has resigned, the farmers say they are able to move more freely in a blow to Grace Mugabe's efforts to expand her land holdings   Read More ...
Montérégie fox and mink fur farmer found guilty of animal cruelty
2017-11-21 17:37:28 The owner of a Montérégie fur farm who raised foxes and minks for their pelts has been found guilty of three counts of animal cruelty and neglect in what the Montreal SPCA says is the first animal abuse conviction of a fur farmer in Canada. Jean-Luc Rodier, the owner of Visions JNJ Inc. in St-Jude, 40 kilometres east of Montreal, that raised thousands of mink and more than 100 hundreds foxes, was found guilty at the St-Hyacinthe courthouse Thursday   Read More ...
More than 100 animals dead after fire at Alberta dairy farm
2017-11-18 18:03:28 The owner of a large dairy farm north of Edmonton is trying to focus on moving forward after a devastating fire at the property left more than 100 animals dead.Jeff Nonay said an employee discovered the fire at Lakeside Dairy in Sturgeon County at around 2 a.m. Friday.“When he pulled into the yard our facility that we use to raise all of our young stock, our youngest animals on the farm — 10 months and under — was fully involved in a massive fire,” Nonay said over the phone Friday night   Read More ...
Green House Brands to set up Canadian marijuana base in joint venture with Canopy Growth
2017-11-17 17:05:53 SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corp. of Smiths Falls, Ont., has formed a joint venture to share ownership of the Agripharm indoor growing operation in Creemore, Ont., with Amsterdam-based Green House Brands. Canopy Growth says it will retain 40 per cent of Agripharm and the rest will be owned by Green House Holdings North America Inc. and its affiliate in the Netherlands, which does business as Organa Brands   Read More ...
'We're a long way from Washington': A Missouri corn farmer frets about NAFTA talks
2017-11-17 12:09:24 On a 4-generation farm, the threatened death of the trade deal could turn a slim profit into a loss Lyndsay Duncombe is a producer and reporter in the CBC News Washington bureau. She travelled extensively throughout the historic 2016 election campaign, and co-ordinates coverage of U.S. politics for all CBC platforms. Related Stories Sitting in a combine, hour after hour, gives Blake Hurst a lot of time to worry   Read More ...
Weed is the new craft beer, says former Budweiser exec: ‘Ignore it at your peril’
2017-11-13 17:34:07 “This bud’s for you” has taken on a whole new meaning for Chris Burggraeve. The former chief marketing officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the brewer of Budweiser beer, is moving from barley and hops to cannabis as the alcohol industry casts its sights on the burgeoning market for state-sanctioned marijuana. Burggraeve, 52, has made two investments in the space. Most recently, he joined the advisory board of GreenRush Group   Read More ...
Raw milk dairy farmer goes to jail over 2015 farm raid
2017-11-13 03:07:27 Michael Schmidt is just sour over the whole thing. The Durham dairy farmer is on speakerphone as he drives to the Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene to begin serving his 60-day sentence. As per the rules, he has to get there by 6 p.m. He was found guilty of obstructing a peace officer during an Oct. 2 raid on Glencolton Farms in Priceville, east of Hanover, where 70 raw milk supporters created a blockade   Read More ...
Protesters vow to continue B.C. fish farm protest amid court action
2017-11-13 01:43:45 PORT HARDY, B.C. -- First Nations protesters at a salmon farm off the northern coast of Vancouver Island are vowing to stay, despite court action aimed at forcing them out. Marine Harvest Canada, which runs the farm, has asked the B.C. Supreme Court for an injunction to remove protesters from its Midsummer Island farm, located about 50 kilometres east of Port Hardy in the Broughton Archipelago   Read More ...
Stop using antibiotics in healthy farm animals, WHO warns
2017-11-08 03:04:28 Antibiotics in food contributing to rise of drug-resistant infections in humans, UN agency says Related Stories The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. Describing a lack of effective antibiotics for humans as "a security threat" on a par with "a sudden and deadly disease outbreak", WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "strong and sustained action across all sectors" was vital to turn back the tide of antibiotic resistance and "keep the world safe   Read More ...
Why farmers and the public need to keep talking
2017-11-06 17:36:52 What if Roundup was instead called Nature’s Mist? What if agriculture would trade in its sharply edged, abrasive words for soft, nostalgic terms like, ‘pioneering,’ ‘reaping’ and ‘sowing?’ Would it help bridge the gap? These would be veils, miss-directions, red herrings aimed at building public trust in agriculture on nothing more than the warm fuzzy feeling of a few buzzwords. It would be pure marketing   Read More ...
South Africa sees protests against murders of white farmers
2017-10-30 20:57:35 JOHANNESBURG -- Thousands of white farmers have snarled traffic on some major roads in South Africa in what they call the Black Monday protest against the high rate of murders of farmers. Convoys of hundreds of slow moving trucks and cars brought traffic to a crawl on highways leading from farming areas to Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg and white farmers and their supporters wore black in memory of farmers killed   Read More ...
White South African farmers protest murder spree
2017-10-30 20:48:06 They found small-time farmer Bokkie Potgieter hacked to death in his pickup truck. The 70-year-old vegetable farmer was murdered early Monday — the latest farmer to be slaughtered by thugs preying on white rural residents. His murderer was caught and killed by neighbouring farm workers. “It appears as though Bokkie caught his attacker trying to steal his truck,” a neighbour told the Cape Times   Read More ...
Saputo reaches deal to acquire Australian dairy firm for $1.29 billion
2017-10-27 01:37:04 Montreal-based dairy giant Saputo Inc. announced Thursday it has reached a $1.29-billion agreement to acquire Australia’s Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Limited. The Australian dairy company produces products for the international market under the Devondale, Liddells and Murray Goulburn Ingredients brands. Murray Goulburn makes a variety of dairy products including milk, milk powder, cheese, butter and infant formula. Saputo said the agreement has been unanimously recommended by Murray Goulburn’s board of directors and is subject to shareholder approval   Read More ...
Police post 'pumpkin lineup' after recovering stolen squash
2017-10-25 18:16:33 MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. - Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins -- and one gourd -- are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that pumpkins began vanishing last week from subdivisions of Maryland Heights. Police quickly tracked down the boys and their pumpkin-crammed SUV that Capt   Read More ...
Vandals burn Nova Scotia farmer’s beloved bear sculpture
2017-10-24 23:12:26 DEBERT, N.S. — Vandals have destroyed a beloved, five-metre-tall sculpture of a bear, a Nova Scotia farmer’s annual tradition promoting his family’s poultry and pumpkin farms. Blake Jennings, who has fashioned a bear out of hay every fall for 14 years, said he awoke Tuesday to discover this year’s sculpture had been burned overnight. “A ridiculous amount of people are contacting me to say how much it means to them and their children,” he said   Read More ...
Vandals burn down N.S. farmer’s ‘beloved bear’ hay sculpture
2017-10-24 19:33:55 “Disgusted.”That’s how Nova Scotia farmer Blake Jennings describes the feeling he had Tuesday morning when he discovered someone had burned down his “beloved bear.”Every fall, for 14 years, Jennings has made a large sculpture out of hay to promote his family’s poultry and pumpkin farms in Debert. For the past couple years, he has made a five-metre tall bear using five round bales of hay worth about $200   Read More ...
Making the most of apple season
2017-10-23 20:33:45 It’s no secret apples are an exceptionally healthy fruit. After all, we’ve all heard the expression, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Dozens of different varieties of apples are grown and harvested in the Okanagan each year by growers of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative. The local growers produce the fruit from their own orchards and farms and BC Tree Fruits promotes, packages and transports the apples to customers   Read More ...
Bill Morneau seeks to ease the tax-reform fears of farmers and fishers
2017-10-19 12:04:14 OTTAWA -- Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to announce changes today to his controversial tax proposals to address the concerns of farmers and fishers. Morneau will make the announcement at a farm alongside Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay in Erinsville, Ont., about halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. The Trudeau government's proposed tax changes have raised fears that they could add significant costs for some business owners who hope to keep certain types of businesses -- like farms -- in the family   Read More ...
Finance Minister Bill Morneau to announce tax reforms for Canadian farmers and fishers
2017-10-19 12:03:52 OTTAWA – Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to announce changes today to his controversial tax proposals to address the concerns of farmers and fishers. Morneau will make the announcement at a farm alongside Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay in Erinsville, Ont., about halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. The Trudeau government’s proposed tax changes have raised fears that they could add significant costs for some business owners who hope to keep certain types of businesses – like farms – in the family   Read More ...
Leamington greenhouse tomatoes: sweet and tasty agricultural innovation | We Are The Best
2017-10-17 12:37:42 Those tomatoes in your local grocery store, they took a lot of work. Unlike traditional field tomatoes, yields from these regulated greenhouses can be 10 to 20 times greater per square foot. Baby tomato plants are suspended and left to mature for eight to ten weeks before being harvested and exported across Canada and Asia. Join chef Ricardo Larrivée and learns the state-of-the-art methods used to grow greenhouse tomatoes — keep your eyes peeled for the bees. Subscribe: Watch More Shows: We Are the Best is a collection of 52 short video documentaries that uncover, celebrate and explore the extraordinary richness of Canada’s culinary heritage   Read More ...
Certain farm-raised oysters recalled over biotoxin, CFIA says
2017-10-17 09:03:58 OTTAWA - Federal health officials say some farm-raised Pacific oysters are being recalled due to a marine biotoxin which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the oysters were produced by two firms in Richmond, B.C. - Albion Farms and Fisheries Ltd. and Union Bay Seafood Ltd. The Albion Farms oysters were sold from Oct. 9 to Oct   Read More ...
Leafs' legend Darryl Sittler honoured at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market
2017-10-15 02:31:26 They can take the kid out of St. Jacobs but they never can take the St. Jacobs out of the kid. And now, the kid proud of his roots, is back home for good. When Darryl Sittler grew up in this rural town —in the Kitchener-Waterloo area — he never once went to Maple Leaf Gardens as a fan. “The first time I went in there, I played there,” says the Hockey Hall of Famer   Read More ...
Initial U.S. demands on dairy don't calm Canadian anxieties at NAFTA talks
2017-10-14 00:12:20 'Market access negotiations have not begun,' U.S. official says Related Stories American negotiators want Canada to be "more transparent" about its supply management system for dairy, according to a source with direct knowledge of NAFTA talks underway in Washington. But the initial U.S. demands presented Friday did not include what Canadian dairy farmers fear the most: greater access to the Canadian market   Read More ...