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RealAg Radio, Sept 20: Politics and perspectives

Shaun Haney is back in the office today, talking to co-host Kelvin Heppner for this episode of RealAg Radio. In today’s show: Member of Parliament Gerry Ritz’s reference to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna as ‘climate Barbie’. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay seemed to take the side of his party… Read more »

Tax change answers — Part 2: Passive investment income

The federal government thinks too many Canadians are using private corporations as tax-advantaged personal savings accounts, and so it’s proposing having much higher tax rates apply to income that comes from investments made within a company. For an incorporated farm business, this “passive” investment income might include returns from GICs, mutual funds, stocks, bonds, or… Read more »

CFA lobbies for more time and changes to government tax proposal

Members of Parliament are back at their seats for the fall sitting of Parliament, and tensions are high, with the Conservatives and NDP questioning the Liberals’ proposed tax changes announced in July. Farm groups and farmers have also been vocal in criticizing the government’s plan. “I don’t think the government realized the opposition that would… Read more »

Uncertainty in Canadian pulse industry, as latest fumigation exemption nears end

The latest three-month exemption to India’s rules requiring fumigation of pulse crops is nearing its expiration date, and Canadians are no nearer to an understanding of what, exactly, that might mean. “As of today, we don’t know what India’s policy is going to be for bills of lading that are dated October 1 or later,… Read more »

Tax change answers — Part 1: Income splitting

There’s a reason most farms pay accountants to provide tax planning advice. Taxes are complicated. Add multiple pages of new information, unclear definitions, ‘tax cheat’ accusations, some emotional rhetoric, and it’s a challenge, even for accountants, to assess what Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed tax changes could mean for an individual farm business. We’re going… Read more »

National priorities laid out for Canadian wheat research

Canada’s wheat industry, working together with the federal government, laid out its priorities for research in a national report unveiled at press conference in Saskatoon on Tuesday. Led by Cereals Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the 2017 Canadian Wheat Research Priorities Report is being described as the first time the wheat industry has come… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 19: Transparency, biodiversity and the ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’

It’s the Public Trust Summit in Calgary, AB today and tomorrow. RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney is there to cover the event, and in this episode of the show: Crystal Mackay of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) joins to discuss the 2017 Public Trust Research results. Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity… Read more »