MacAulay Announces $5.2 Million for Hiring Youth for “Green” Ag Jobs

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced federal funding of up to $5.2 million over the next two years for the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative on Tuesday. The program makes funds available to farms and organizations involved in agriculture to hire youth for work that’s deemed beneficial to the environment, and follows a $1.9 million commitment… Read more »

“Bachelor” Star, Ag Celebrity Chris Soules Arrested After Fatal Crash

One of North America’s most well-known farmers and advocates for agriculture was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Chris Soules, Iowa farmer and star of the TV show “The Bachelor” in 2015, was involved in a rear-end collision between a pickup truck and a tractor on Monday night in… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 25: Glyphosate, Delayed Seeding & Trump’s Trade Moves

Tuesday’s show features discussions with former federal agriculture minister, now Conservative trade file lead, Gerry Ritz on President Trump’s tough talk on Canadian dairy; our own Lyndsey Smith on the future of glyphosate-use; and another AgNerds segment with Peter Gredig of AgNition on autonomous tractor design. Shaun and Kelvin also break down the day’s news,… Read more »

Trump’s “Shock and Awe” Doesn’t Reflect Dairy Reality: Gerry Ritz

President Trump’s attacks on Canadian dairy are short-sighted and don’t reflect the reality of the Canada-U.S. dairy relationship, says former Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. “This is typical President Trump. It’s all shock and awe, throw down the gauntlet and then really not have a lot of details that his assumptions are based on,” he… Read more »

Trump Admin Targets Softwood Lumber While Keeping Sights on Canadian Dairy

The Trump administration expressed its displeasure with Canadian dairy policy several times on Monday, coinciding with the announcement of new countervail duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. “It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade relations,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a statement. “Last Monday, it became apparent that Canada… Read more »

Another CWB Court Case Launched

Five years after the end of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly, a group of farmers that fought to keep the CWB’s single desk is back in court seeking a new class action lawsuit. Andrew Dennis, a farmer from Brookdale, Manitoba, has filed a Statement of Claim with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg for a class action… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 24: Snow, Soybean Planting Advice & a Silicon Valley for Food

Today’s show features Evan Fraser, director for the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph; Don Flaten, soil scientist at the University of Manitoba; RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson; and Dwight Nichol of DLN AgVentures. Topics include the potential to create a “Silicon Valley” for food in southern Ontario, how phosphorus fertilizer is exported from… Read more »