Farming scholarship application deadline looms — April 15, 2014


Applications for the 2015 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust are due by April 30. Up to three scholarships of $15,000 each are available. Application forms are available online. Nuffield scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share their findings […]

Checking-in on the farm

The best way to know for sure your farm family and employees are safe is to make sure you check on them regularly

Communications are critical for safe farm operations. One often overlooked aspect of farm communications is check-in strategies. Farms are getting bigger, they are getting more equipment and doing more value added operations to increase profitability. Even smaller farms are doing their best to stay competitive and that can mean working alone or working in situations […]

World food prices jump again in March, FAO says — April 3, 2014


Rome | Reuters – Global food prices rose to their highest in almost a year in March, led by unfavourable weather for crops and political tensions over Ukraine, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, […]

Writing a farm safety program

There are lots of economic, practical and common sense reasons to write a safety plan for your farm

You’ve seen the farm safety folks at the farm trade shows and farm events. They’re the loneliest booths there. And they’re a resource that is very under utilized by farmers. In a perfect world, safety would be first. But too often it is “safety third” on our farms. While, like emergency planning, safety planning is […]

Pricier beef ‘here to stay’ as food costs seen higher: USDA — March 25, 2014


Washington | Reuters — U.S. food prices are expected to rise more rapidly this year after a very tame 2013, led by gains in beef, poultry and egg prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. The food price inflation outlook assumes normal weather, the USDA said, adding that the California drought poses a risk […]

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2014 rebate roundup

Corporate pricing programs on your 
spring inputs change every year. 
Here’s our annual listing of the major companies’ latest offerings

Many major chemical companies have simplified their rebate and reward programs for western Canadian farmers this year. Most companies have built their programming around farmer loyalty to one brand, and designed programs with bigger discounts for bigger farms. Arysta LifeScience Arysta LifeScience offered an Early Purchase Offer on Everest 2.0. If you bought an Everest […]

World conservation ag congress coming to Winnipeg — March 19, 2014


“We are running out of dirt, and it’s no laughing matter.” So says Dr. David Montgomery, professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, and author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. Montgomery, who sees the recent rise of no-till farming as “the hope for a new agricultural revolution that […]

Same EI premiums, no benefits for seasonal farm workers: study — March 17, 2014


Foreign workers brought to Canada for seasonal farm employment are seeing no employment insurance (EI) benefits for what they and their employers pay into the EI program, a union study shows. While the workers — who come to Canada for specific jobs and are shipped home at the job’s end — don’t usually qualify for […]

Farm groups hail field-levelling trade deal with Korea — March 11, 2014


Negotiations are officially completed and terms finalized on a free trade agreement between Canada and South Korea, with a long line of enthusiastic Canadian farm export sectors in their wake. A trade pact between the two countries has been in the works since they agreed to formal talks in 2005, but stalled for months at […]

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Common, sustainable trade competition policy needed for N.A.

Economist says strong North American leaders are the missing key to better trade

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has bumped investment and trade in North America since its implementation, but more needs to be done to boost the region’s competiveness, an economist told delegates at the Canola Council of Canada’s conference in San Antonio in late February. “Trade and investment flows in North America have been […]