Livestock centre of excellence receives $4.5 million from federal gov’t

The federal government has announced another $4.47 million in funding for the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence being built near Saskatoon. David Lametti, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the funding on Friday at the University of Saskatchewan. Originally announced in 2015, the centre will have its physical… Read more »

RealAg Radio, May 26: Slow rural internet, Conservative leadership, & snagged power lines

Friday = roundtable day on the radio podcast, as cohosts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner are joined by Bern Tobin in southern Ontario. Today’s show includes: Condolences to Sens’ fans. Internet speeds are evidently brutal in many rural areas. How can this be fixed? A look ahead to the Conservative leadership convention, with the winner TBD on… Read more »

Canadian net farm income grew 7.6% in 2016: StatsCan

StatsCan has released its net farm income report for 2016 and the results may surprise you considering the livestock and commodity market that producers faced. According to the report, revenue held fairly stable while it was declining operating expenses that allowed net farm income to rise. A full breakdown of the report, including provincial comparisons,… Read more »

More rain means more soybeans for Ontario

Ontario corn planting isn’t finished, but it’s probably done. With more rain sweeping across the province – and pushing total spring accumulation to record levels in many areas – it’s unlikely that farmers will be planting corn when things dry out, says Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) corn lead Ben Rosser…. Read more »

RealAg Radio, May 25: Earth, wind & ‘Farmer Rapid Fire’ (also spraying and delayed planting advice)

Thursday’s radio podcast, co-hosted by Shaun Haney, Kelvin Heppner and Kara Oosterhuis (making her debut!), features: Wind! Soil’s been moving ? and crops/bins/trampolines damaged in Western Canada. Tom Wolf of Sprayers101 on dicamba drift, retrofitting sprayers and more as #spray17 gets rolling. Farmer Rapid Fire — our weekly update on what’s happening in the field with… Read more »

New Alberta workplace bill would expand employment standards, allow unionizing on farms

The Alberta government has introduced legislation to overhaul workplace rules across the province, including expanding labour relations rights and employment standards rules to non-family farm workers. Bill 17, named the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, received its first reading on Wednesday. If passed, most of it would take effect on January 1, 2018. While many… Read more »

RealAg Radio, April 24: Glencore approaches Bunge, NAFTA countdown & U.S. ag budget cuts

On Wednesday’s podcast, cohosted by Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner: Glencore says it has approached Bunge about a possible takeover. Would grain companies consolidate as we’re seeing happen in the crop input business? Consultations on deferred cash tickets on grain sales have been extended by Ottawa. Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay hosted his German counterpart at… Read more »