Canada Farming & Agriculture
Canada’s booming weed industry plots next wave of cannabis-based medicines
Canadian farmers ditch pulses for canola after pea boom goes bust
‘It could have been me’: Some farmers say they are easy targets, have sympathy for Gerald Stanley
Government scraps costly vault requirements for marijuana growers
Ontario man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in deaths of 1,500 pigs
Gunmen attack agriculture institute in Pakistan, killing 12
Canadian weed grower plans cannabis-infused dog chews to help improve canine quality of life
RPT-FOCUS-Corn as cash: Brazil's bartering farmers raise risks for Canada's Nutrien
2018-03-12 12:14:27 (Repeats with no changes to text) By Rod Nickel and Ana Mano WINNIPEG, Manitoba/SAO PAULO, March 12 (Reuters) - Taking a page from its aggressive growth strategy in the United States, cash-rich Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd plans to plow investment into Brazil in a bid to reap up to 30 percent of farm supply sales in fertile pockets of the country   Read More ...
Corn as cash: Brazil's bartering farmers raise risks for Canada's Nutrien
2018-03-12 06:39:26 WINNIPEG, Manitoba/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Taking a page from its aggressive growth strategy in the United States, cash-rich Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd plans to plow investment into Brazil in a bid to reap up to 30 percent of farm supply sales in fertile pockets of the country. But business in Brazil’s farm sector - the world’s fastest growing - strays far from the usual practices in North America’s farm belt, where Nutrien is a top supplier of fertilizer, chemicals and seed   Read More ...
Bugs as livestock? A Canadian insect farm is taking cricket powder mainstream
2018-03-10 15:07:39 Bugs as livestock? A Canadian insect farm is taking cricket powder mainstream Loblaws is introducing President's Choice cricket powder and Canadian farmer Jarrod Goldin is supplying the crickets. He says it's the food of the future. If the thought of eating crickets makes you a bit squeamish, Jarrod Goldin wants you to reconsider. "It's yummy and delicious. It's extremely healthy, and it's really good for the environment," Goldin tells host Brent Bambury   Read More ...
How Washington's net-pen fish farm ban affects Canada
2018-03-04 03:02:17 SEATTE, Wash. -- A conservationist says Washington state legislature's recent decision to phase out ocean-based Atlantic salmon farms shows how pushing a species' biological limits can be bad for Canadian business. Neville Crabbe of Canada's Atlantic Salmon Federation said a bill passed by Washington state lawmakers could pose "incredible business loss" for New Brunswick-based company Cooke Aquaculture. Cooke Aquaculture said in a written statement that it is "deeply disappointed" with Friday's vote to phase out ocean-based net-pen farms -- where fish are raised in pens made of netting that allows water to flow freely between the containment area and marine environment -- as leases come up for renewal over the next seven years   Read More ...
Western grain farmers push for legislative fix to railway bottleneck
2018-03-02 00:09:13 Billions of dollars are at stake if Canada doesn’t deal quickly with a severe shortage of rail cars that is keeping millions of tonnes of in-demand grain trapped in the country’s prairies, grain farmers say. Government inaction could mean serious hardship for farm families that are unable to get their stockpiled grain to market and raise the money needed to pay off last year’s input loans, Ron Bonnett, head of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, said Thursday   Read More ...
Rail shipment delays causing 'dire situation' for Canadian farmers
2018-03-01 21:08:00 Bill Prybylski produces thousands of bushels of grain on his farm in Willowbrook, Sask., about two hours northeast of Regina. But most of his product is still in storage or loaded onto trucks when it should have been shipped already. Prybylski is one of thousands of people in Canada's agriculture industry affected by a rail car crunch. Just 25 per cent of Prybylski's grain has been transported this season   Read More ...
Australian regulator raises competition concerns over Saputo dairy deal
2018-03-01 20:04:46 MONTREAL — Australia’s competition regulator is raising concerns that Saputo Inc.’s proposed purchase of dairy processor Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. could lower competition and dairy prices paid to farmers. The agency said its concerns focus solely on Murray Goulburn’s largest dairy plant in the western Victoria region, where Saputo would control more than two-thirds of the dairy processing capacity from its existing facility and the addition of the Koroit plant   Read More ...
RPT-INSIGHT-Seed firms scramble to stop a 'cancer' in Canada's cash crop
2018-02-22 13:09:58 (Repeats for additional clients with no changes to text) By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Inside a laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a Monsanto Co research technician uses tweezers to transfer pollen from one canola plant to another, a small step toward creating a new breed of the vegetable oil-producing crop. It’s an early stage of a high-stakes effort to control the biggest threat to Canada’s C$27-billion canola industry - a crop disease called clubroot that presents unique challenges for Monsanto, along with rival seed developers DowDuPont and Bayer AG   Read More ...
Seed firms scramble to stop a 'cancer' in Canada's cash crop
2018-02-22 07:40:07 WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Inside a laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a Monsanto Co research technician uses tweezers to transfer pollen from one canola plant to another, a small step toward creating a new breed of the vegetable oil-producing crop. It’s an early stage of a high-stakes effort to control the biggest threat to Canada’s C$27-billion canola industry - a crop disease called clubroot that presents unique challenges for Monsanto, along with rival seed developers DowDuPont and Bayer AG   Read More ...
Canada’s booming weed industry plots next wave of cannabis-based medicines
2018-02-16 19:05:46 TORONTO — Canopy Growth Corp, one of the world’s biggest medical marijuana producers, now wants to take on the world’s pharmaceutical giants. The Canadian firm launched Canopy Health Innovation in late 2016 to build a portfolio of patented and federally approved cannabinoid-based medicines. The venture is one of a small but growing number of companies here aiming to compete with established drugs treating diseases ranging from anxiety and chronic pain to multiple sclerosis and childhood epilepsy   Read More ...
Murray the farmer opens shop in Hamilton
2018-02-14 18:16:34 MURRAY’S FARM AND BUTCHER SHOPPE: There’s nothing like a weekend drive out of the city. I love to visit the big St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market for a slice of Ontario’s farm-fresh finest foods and goods. And now a drive to Hamilton is certainly on the agenda to visit Murray’s Farm Butcher Shoppe – amply stocked with heritage breed pork cuts (including gourmet sausage and bacon) lamb from Millgrove, Ont   Read More ...
Canadian farmers ditch pulses for canola after pea boom goes bust
2018-02-14 18:05:36 Just a few years ago it seemed like Canada’s farmers couldn’t get peas into the ground fast enough, but they’re now falling out of favour. Pea plantings will probably decline to a seven-year low this spring, while lentil acreage drops by 27 per cent, according to the nation’s agriculture ministry. Sowings will decline as farmers swap land for wheat and canola, the Canadian-made oilseed that’s used in everything from salad dressing to french fries   Read More ...
Canadian airlines' rules on comfort animals range from dogs to miniature horses
2018-02-14 15:08:23 Unusual animal encounters at the airport have been making headlines in recent weeks Related Stories External Links WestJet's policy on service animals and emotional support animals Air Canada's policy on service animals and emotional support animals (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.) Miniature horses, monkeys and pigs can legally fly as emotional support animals on at least one Canadian airline, but an advocate for travellers says the vast majority of jet-setting comfort animals are far less exotic and truly necessary accommodation for people with disabilities   Read More ...
’IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME': Some farmers support Gerald Stanley acquittal
2018-02-13 17:13:32 Mark Pashovitz believes he and other Saskatchewan farmers are easy targets. They live in rural, isolated areas where it often takes police longer to respond to crimes. And their farm vehicles and equipment are tempting for thieves. That’s why he said he recently donated $1,000 to an online fundraiser to help pay the legal bills of Gerald Stanley, a white farmer acquitted last week of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a 22-year-old Cree man   Read More ...
‘It could have been me’: Some farmers say they are easy targets, have sympathy for Gerald Stanley
2018-02-13 07:32:22 Mark Pashovitz believes he and other Saskatchewan farmers are easy targets. They live in rural, isolated areas where it often takes police longer to respond to crimes. And their farm vehicles and equipment are tempting for thieves. That’s why he said he recently donated $1,000 to an online fundraiser to help pay the legal bills of Gerald Stanley, a white farmer acquitted last week of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a 22-year-old Cree man   Read More ...
Zimbabwe's remaining white farmers will get 99-year leases
2018-02-02 06:21:28 New government policy marks a dramatic change from past widespread evictions of white farmers Related Stories Zimbabwe's remaining white farmers will now get 99-year land leases, according to a new government policy that marks a dramatic change from widespread evictions of whites from farms. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is putting an end to the seizure of thousands of white-owned farms carried out by his predecessor and mentor Robert Mugabe, who resigned in November under military pressure   Read More ...
This is the nutritionally superior plant-based milk, according to a new study
2018-02-02 05:17:56 Milk alternatives – ranging from nuts to legumes and beyond – are gaining in popularity. But how do they stack up to cow’s milk? According to Nielsen, Canadian sales of non-dairy milks increased by five per cent in 2017. Despite their growing presence in the dairy aisle, McGill University researchers say there has been little investigation into their comparative nutritional values   Read More ...
Soy milk is the ‘clear winner’ for plant-based milk alternatives: study
2018-01-30 16:05:42 As the trend for following a plant-based diet continues, more people may now be trying out dairy-free alternatives to cow’s milk. However, although these plant-based milks are often touted as being healthy alternatives to milk, little research has been done to compare the benefits and drawbacks of each. A new study from McGill University in Montreal has now looked at the four most-commonly consumed types of plant-based milk drinks — almond milk, soy milk, rice milk and coconut milk — and compared their nutritional values to those of cow’s milk   Read More ...
Marijuana producers say Ontario minimum wage hike driving up costs
2018-01-29 19:04:36 TORONTO — Coffee chains and restaurants aren’t the only businesses under pressure from Ontario’s minimum wage hike — marijuana companies say the higher provincial pay rate is driving up the cost to produce and sell cannabis products as well. Licensed medical marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has calculated that the province’s 21-per-cent minimum pay jump from $11.60 to $14 per hour would add another $600,000 to its overall wage costs each year   Read More ...
'They need us right now': New mental-health foundation aims to help struggling farmers
2018-01-29 12:07:36 Megz Reynolds points to golden fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Five years ago, she traded her busy career in Vancouver's film industry to grow grains with her husband on his family's century-old farm in central Saskatchewan near White Bear, about an hour northwest of Swift Current. They were doing well until a hailstorm two years ago during harvest season   Read More ...
Government scraps costly vault requirements for marijuana growers
2018-01-26 18:33:03 Legal cannabis growers no longer need large bank-style security vaults on site, following a Health Canada decision on Thursday that significantly lowers the cost of entry for would-be producers. After nearly 1,000 Health Canada inspections over four years found no evidence that marijuana was being diverted from licensed producers into the black market, the government decided to lower its security requirements   Read More ...
First Nations leaders hand eviction notice to B.C. fish farm
2018-01-23 05:03:28 Setting out from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, members of at least six B.C. First Nations took to the sea Monday to deliver an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Marine Harvest: one of Canada’s largest producers of farmed Atlantic salmon. “This is our right and this is our territory and we need to protect it,” organizer and Kwakiutl First Nation elder James Wadhams told CTV News   Read More ...
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 ...