Monthly Archives: September 2016

New Dry Bean Varieties Poised to Battle Bacterial Blight

New genetics are expected to help dry bean growers fight back against common bacterial blight — the number one foliar disease in beans in Western Canada. Annual dry bean field surveys in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan show common bacterial blight “is usually quite severe and widespread,” explains Bob Conner, pulse crop pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC),… Read more »

New Report Lays out 21 Recommendations for the TFWP

Last week, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) released its report of and 21 recommendations for changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. While the program applies to any industry in Canada, it is largely used by the farming and agriculture processing industries…. Read more »

Proposed Bill C-246 Could Criminalize Routine Livestock Agriculture Practices

A private member’s bill entitled the “Modernizing Animal Protections Act” will receive second reading on September 28, 2016. The bill is set for a vote in Canada’s House of Commons late next week. While the off-the-hop goals of avoiding shark harvesting in Canadian waters and shutting down puppy mills seem in line with the title,… Read more »

Groundwork Laid for the “Protein Highway”

A corridor that stretches from the Canadian Prairies to South Dakota is poised to lead the world in plant-based protein production and innovation, with the most secure supply and lowest environmental footprint, say the organizers behind the “Protein Highway” concept. The initiative was inspired during a meeting hosted by Canadian Governor General David Johnston in Minnesota in… Read more »

RealAg Book Club Episode One: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

She’s a celebrity who uses her fame to pitch everything from gluten-free diets to colon cleanses. Does any of it work? Should you care? In our first RealAg Bookclub podcast, co-hosts Shaun Haney and Bernard Tobin talk with Tim Caulfield, author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? to find out what happens when celebrity… Read more »

An Extension Day Like No Other — A Look at the Evolution of the Outdoor Farm Show

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, at Woodstock, Ont., attracts tens of thousands of farmers each year, each eager to see the latest and greatest in new equipment, catch up with friend and colleagues, and perhaps even learn something entirely new. Now over 20 years in action, the Outdoor Farm Show is a don’t miss for most… Read more »

PCs Appoint New Board for Manitoba Ag Services Corp

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government has made some big changes in the boardroom of the province’s agriculture insurance and lending agency. With the exception of one director, the NDP-appointed board for the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) has been replaced. Jim Wilson, a grain farmer and accountant from Darlingford, has been named the new chair of the… Read more »