Monthly Archives: September 2017

Beef Market Update: Market proving itself after bearish Cattle on Feed report

Last week’s Cattle on Feed report, published by the United States Department of Agriculture, listed a 4 percent increase in cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market, when compared to September 1, 2016. In August, placements totalled 1.93 million head, up 3 percent from 2016. “There was a bearish surprise to the placement,”… Read more »

Swiss food security vote: because you can’t live on chocolate alone

In our country, referendums are rare, and not for the faint of heart. Remember the Quebec separation referendums back in the 1990s? They nearly tore the country apart. It’s a different story in Switzerland, which like us, is an agricultural nation. Here, referendums — like the one on food security that concluded on Sunday —… Read more »

Tackling the consumer-centric food system

The global statistics around malnutrition are shocking. According to the World Health Organization, in 2014 more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight or obese, while 463 million were underweight. And, roughly 45 percent of deaths among children under five years of age are linked to undernutrition. Changing those numbers is something Regina Moench-Pfanner is beyond passionate… Read more »

Chicken Farmers of Canada names new executive director

Chicken Farmers of Canada has named its replacement for outgoing executive director Mike Dungate. Michael Laliberté has been hired to lead the national chicken producer organization’s 25-member staff. Laliberté is very familiar with CFC, having worked for the organization for 26 years, most recently as director of operations. “The Board of Directors undertook a robust,… Read more »

MacAulay downplays impact of proposed tax changes

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay continues to downplay the potential impact of the Liberals’ proposed tax changes, despite widespread concerns voiced by many farmers, small business owners and their accountants. The minister took 10 minutes to sit down with RealAgriculture in his office in the Confederation Building on Parliament Hill this week to discuss the tax… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Sept 28: A Liberal, a Conservative, and a controversial tax proposal

Kelvin Heppner and Shaun Haney are back to co-host this Thursday edition of RealAg Radio. In this episode: An update on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), round three discussions. Mexico’s representative says they have to have the will to table positions that encourage constructive discussions. Are the Americans deliberately putting non-starters on the… Read more »

AGCO introduces classification system for square balers

AGCO has introduced a classification system for square balers and is inviting other baler manufacturers to use the standards. Similar to the classification system for combines based on their capacity, the eight baler classes are defined by plunger weight, which, according to the company, is the most measurable factor impacting density. “Bale density is a… Read more »