Statistics Canada is pivoting away from farmer-answered surveys and is utilizing various technologies to provide agriculture-related information about crops across Canada. The AgZero program uses alternative data sources including Earth observation data and satellite imagery to create reports regarding Canada’s agricultural production, reports that were usually compiled from data farmers provided. Omar Youssouf, unit head with… Read More

Ten-year-old Mady Adamson, the star behind the camera for Learning About Ag with Mady, was one of 70 Saskatchewan residents who was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal. The medal honours those citizens who have devoted their time and effort to serving others in Canada, Saskatchewan and their communities; in Mady’s case, it was… Read More

Two poultry farms in Alberta have tested positive for highly-pathogenic avian influenza (AI) over the past week, possibly signalling the start of an anticipated resurgence of the virus this fall. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported a case on a commercial farm in Sturgeon County, Alberta on Wednesday, which followed a confirmed case in a… Read More

BASF is switching the main seed treatment package on its InVigor canola varieties for 2023, after determining “many, many factors” led to certain canola fields getting off to a noticeably sluggish start in 2022. The company, which has long held the largest market share in canola seed in Canada, published a statement in late June… Read More

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released an initial list of designated drought areas in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba where a Livestock Tax Deferral has been authorized for 2022 due to extreme weather conditions. The Livestock Tax Deferral provision allows livestock producers who are forced to sell a significant amount of their breeding herd due to drought… Read More

Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers and the Alberta Wheat Commission have announced a new farmer-focused event set to take place at the Edmonton Convention Centre on January 24 and 25, 2023. The four organizations have previously been involved in hosting the FarmTech conference. The Alberta Seed Growers are the one Farmtech partner that will… Read More

Next spring, Albertans will cast their vote for the next premier. In the running to lead the current governing United Conservative Party (UCP) is former rancher and Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) president, Travis Toews. Toews has well-established roots in rural Alberta through his cattle operation and oilfield environmental company. In 2019, he was elected MLA… Read More

Improved growing conditions for much of Western Canada has Statistics Canada predicting a much larger crop for 2022 harvest than was previously reported. The latest principal field crop report, published August 29, is derived from predictive modeling based on July field conditions. StatsCan says the Crop Condition Assessment Program shows that overall plant health in… Read More

The federal government has committed up to $45.3 million in further efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from entering Canada and to prepare for a potential outbreak that would result in the immediate closure of Canada’s border to pork and hog exports. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the funding in Quebec City on Friday…. Read More

Alberta farmers who pay a levy to the Alberta Barley Commission or the Alberta Wheat Commission will have the opportunity to vote on amalgamating the two organizations in October. The Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council, working with third-party advisor MNP and the two commissions, will be administering two online plebiscites: one for barley growers, and… Read More

Saskatchewan politicians who made a very public accusation of trespassing by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) scientists have received an equally public response from the federal environment minister, Steven Guilbeault. In a letter to Jeremy Cockrill, the minister responsible for Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency, dated August 24, Guilbeault writes: “I believe that we, and… Read More

This story has been updated to include a statement from Environment and Climate Change Canada and an audio interview with Jeremy Cockrill . Saskatchewan’s premier and the cabinet minister responsible for the province’s water security agency say employees with Environment and Climate Change Canada have been trespassing on private land in the province, and they’re calling… Read More

With over $52 million owed to creditors, North American Lamb Company (NALCO) — a Manitoba and Alberta-based, integrated lamb supply chain business — has filed for creditor protection, as of August 8, 2022. Formed when Canada Gold Beef Ltd, owners of the Innisfail Alberta based SunGold Specialty Meats Ltd., the Canada Gold Lamb Lot near Iron Springs Alberta, and… Read More

 

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