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CN grain train derails near Calgary

Reuters — Twenty-four grain cars on a Canadian National Railway (CN) train derailed northeast of Calgary on Friday morning without injury or dangerous goods involved, RCMP said. The derailment on the 104-car train took place near the village of Kathyrn and Highway 9, at 10 a.m. MT, RCMP from nearby Beiseker said in a release, […] Read More

The CWB Marquis -- one of two new laker vessels the former Canadian Wheat Board ordered in 2011 -- arrived at St. Lambert on April 2 for the reopening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The federal Transportation Safety Board reported the Marquis ran aground the next day at Beauharnois, Que., about 45 km southwest of St. Lambert, but refloated later that evening and continued en route to Hamilton. (CWB.ca)

CWB’s new laker boat opens St. Lawrence Seaway

The first of CWB’s new laker vessels marked the official opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway for 2015 on Thursday, passing through the South Shore Canal’s St. Lambert Lock near Montreal. The seaway navigation season’s official opening had previously been set for March 27, but officials opted in early March to put off the opening […] Read More

(Dave Bedard photo)

Sask. environmental farm planning options sweetened

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 […] Read More

Ont. poultry packer back under hidden-camera spotlight

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” […] Read More

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

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 […] Read More


Alta. cuts ag spending slightly, boosts fuel tax

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 […] Read More


CNH to cut, lay off staff in Saskatoon

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 […] Read More