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Sask. environmental farm planning options sweetened — April 1, 2015

A list of beneficial management practices (BMPs) for which Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers can get funding through the federal/provincial Farm Stewardship Program has been expanded. The provincial and federal governments on Wednesday announced five new BMPs and “enhancements” to seven already-eligible BMPs available through the program. Among the new BMPs, for example, are rollers for […]

The gap between gasoline and diesel prices at retail has recently narrowed, as shown at this Winnipeg truck stop on April 1. (Dave Bedard photo)

Diesel prices expected to see pressure in second quarter — April 1, 2015

CNS Canada – The spring thaw may bring lower diesel prices to farmers in North America, according to a New Jersey-based oil expert. “A lot of new refining, worldwide, is coming on for diesel,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. Compared to other fuels such as gasoline or jet […]

Ont. poultry packer back under hidden-camera spotlight — March 30, 2015

Canada’s biggest poultry processor is back under animal welfare activists’ scrutiny with hidden-camera footage alleging more mishandling of birds at one of its packing plants. Maple Lodge Farms, which in September 2013 was convicted under the federal Health of Animals Act over birds’ exposure to cold weather during transport, said Saturday it’s paying “prompt attention” […]

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, shown here in Winnipeg last March, won't be extending mandatory minimum grain handles, which end Saturday. (Dave Bedard photo)

Railways’ mandatory minimum grain handles ending — March 28, 2015

Canada’s big two railways can resume moving grain at their own pace as the federal government’s order in council setting mandatory minimum grain traffic quotas is set to expire unrenewed. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced the federal government won’t renew the mandatory minimums, which are due to expire Saturday. The […]

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Alta. cuts ag spending slightly, boosts fuel tax — March 27, 2015

Alberta’s bid to stabilize its public-sector revenue and spending will include slight cuts to its farm programs budget, plus an increase in provincial fuel tax from which farmers won’t be exempt. Finance Minister Robin Campbell on Thursday released a 2015-16 budget that pegs expenses for Alberta’s agriculture and rural development department at $931 million, down […]

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CNH to cut, lay off staff in Saskatoon — March 25, 2015

Under pressure from “market conditions,” farm equipment giant CNH plans both job cuts and layoffs at its Flexi-Coil seeding and tillage equipment plant in Saskatoon. CNH Industrial said in a statement it will begin cutting 75 full-time positions at the plant in May. Employees were informed Monday of the coming cuts, the company said. Another […]

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, shown here last month at Carleton University, says she doesn't yet plan to mandate minimum grain traffic levels in specific rail corridors. (TC,gc.ca)

Raitt won’t tell railways where to ship grain for now — March 25, 2015

Ottawa | Reuters – The Canadian government will not, for now, start telling railways where to ship farmers’ grain but it will decide within days whether to extend its requirements on how much grain they must haul, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Wednesday. In an interview in her parliamentary office, Raitt said farmers and shippers […]

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Transport Canada seeks CN safety plan after derailments — March 25, 2015

Toronto | Reuters – Regulator Transport Canada has issued a notice to Canadian National Railway (CN) requesting a plan to ensure safety along its main line’s Ruel subdivision, where three trains derailed in fewer than 30 days in February and March, the railway said Wednesday. The notice, given on March 12 but not previously reported, was […]

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CN says harsh winter one reason for spike in 2014 accidents — March 24, 2015

Ottawa | Reuters — An unusually harsh winter is one of the reasons Canadian National Railway (CN) suffered a sharp increase in the number of train accidents in 2014, a top official said Tuesday. Chief operating officer Jim Vena told a committee of federal legislators that deep cold can cause rails and wheels to crack. […]

P.E.I. Transportation Minister Alan McIsaac and John Jamieson of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture on Thursday announced a new one-time registration option for farm trucks' plates. (Government of P.E.I. photo by Brian Simpson)

P.E.I. to offer one-time farm truck registration fee — March 19, 2015

Prince Edward Island’s farmers, starting next month, will be able pay a one-time fee to register their farm trucks for as long as they own them. The province until now has charged a cut-rate annual registration fee of $10 on trucks weighing at least one ton (10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight or more), if the trucks […]