GFM Network News


Ag Canada closes door on field research for 2020

You have to wonder what the heck is wrong with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada that they won’t even try to operate some version of normal field research activities for 2020 almost forgetting they are one of the key players in an industry deemed an essential service. Reportedly, the word from Chris Forbes, AAFC assistant deputy […] Read more


Beef industry urgently needs federal government assistance.

Canadian beef producers – primarily cattle feeders – could be hit with as much as a half-billion-dollars in losses over the next few weeks if the federal government doesn’t soon step up with some desperately needed assistance to help the industry weather the COVID19 pandemic storm. The pressure mounts as processing capacity is dramatically reduced […] Read more

Beef industry needs to dial back production

By Lee Hart It doesn’t sound like Canada has hit a full-scale glut in beef production but it is getting close. So the message or recommendations across the beef industry is hold off on marketing cattle. That message summarizes the situation described during a Canadian Beef Industry Town Hall meeting Wednesday afternoon. It is a […] Read more


Hopefully canola deal is not an April Fools joke

There it was tucked away on Page 3 of today’s Calgary Herald — apparently there is some disease outbreak that has greater importance — but there on Page 3 a report that China appears to be prepared to lift its yearlong ban on Canadian canola imports. It is a notch above the rumour stage, but still […] Read more

Important to heed COVID-19 advice

Boy, with the COVID-19 Pandemic reaching North America it became a very different world out there in just a short few weeks. Farmers are still farming — carrying on their essential services— but people movement and daily commerce is facing never before heard of recommendations and restrictions all in a bid to slow the spread […] Read more


Topics of livestock feed and animal health

Animal nutrition conference, May 12 - 14, 2020

If you are an animal nutritionist or otherwise involved with the livestock feed industry, some of the latest research related to feed, nutrition and animal health, will be presented at a mid-May conference in Winnipeg, MB. Participants from across the feed industry will have the opportunity to learn about the latest trends and scientific developments, […] Read more

Rancher help needed to answer: “Does it pay to deworm?”

If you have some yearlings heading out to pasture this season and can help veterinary researchers with a parasite study, there may be more rewards in store beyond what your good deeds will find in heaven. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine school are looking for producers to […] Read more



Be smart about snowmobiling

Editor’s Note: The message comes out of Manitoba but it applies to anyone planning to snowmobile this winter — use the common sense side of the brain. With a number of snowmobile trails in Manitoba expected to open this month, STARS, Snowmobilers of Manitoba Inc. (Snoman) and Lifesaving Society Manitoba have come together to encourage the […] Read more