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Federal food policy consultations underway

The long-discussed-and-debated notion of a public pan-Canadian food policy has taken a move forward with a new online survey from the federal government. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Monday announced an initial round of consultations and called on the public to “share their input to help shape a food policy that will cover the entire […] Read more

Seeding in Sask. at 81 per cent complete, wet conditions persist for some farmers

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending May 29, 2017

Saskatchewan producers now have 81 per cent of the 2017 crop in the ground, right in line with the five-year (2012-2016) seeding average for this time of year of 82 per cent. Wet field conditions and frequent rainfall in many northern areas have delayed progress, and producers there will need a couple more weeks of […] Read more

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Beneficial bacteria getting close

New products may promote plant growth and protect crops from disease

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria are present in the root nodules of the majority of legumes, like soybeans and alfalfa. Other “beneficial bacteria” can be found in symbiotic relationships with crop plants that promote growth, increase stress or pest resistance, or increase nutrient solubility. Only in recent years have scientists been able to point to specific bacteria that […] Read more


Trust in agriculture increases with farm visits: survey

Residents of the Greater Toronto Area who have worked in agriculture or have recently visited a working farm are more likely to be optimistic about job prospects in the agriculture sector. That’s according to a recent survey of 676 residents of the GTA by Grassroots Public Affairs and Delphi Polling and Consulting. The survey highlighted[...]
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See Agritechnica with Grainews

Have you been waiting for your chance to see the world’s largest farm machinery show? Grainews and Leader Tours have put together a tour to Germany just for Grainews readers. This tour includes two days at Agritechnica, and a visit to the CLAAS combine factory. There will also be a walking tour of Berlin, a[…]
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Stats from 2016 show uptick in net farm income

Statistics show slightly lower costs for fertilizer, fuel and cattle and calf purchases in 2016, against higher crop sales and program payments, led to a rise in realized net farm income last year. Statistics Canada on Wednesday released data showing Canadian producers’ realized net farm income — the difference between cash receipts and operating expenses,[...]
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