Monthly Archives: October 2017

RealAg Radio, Oct 31: Three farmers walk into a panel conversation…

Happy Halloween! What ag-inspired pumpkin carvings are you working on? Today, on the show: Top Ag News – Richardson continues expansion through acquisition of ten retail outlets in Western Canada; India’s desire for self-sufficiency isn’t as easy as they’ll have world believe; CFIA makes changes to labeling rules on pork; CTV’s story on cattle dying… Read more »

Manitoba ag minister on carbon tax: “If we say no, we’ll get Trudeau”

Despite major concerns from the farm community, Manitoba’s agriculture minister says the provincial government was left with no choice but to move forward with implementing a carbon tax. “If we say no, then we’ll get Trudeau,” says Ralph Eichler in the interview below, referring to the Prime Minister’s national carbon price mandate. Eichler joined us… Read more »

Richardson acquiring CHS Canada’s 10 retail outlets

Richardson International has reached a deal to acquire CHS Canada’s 10 crop input retail outlets in Western Canada. The deal signals the exit of the American farmer-owned co-op from the crop retail business on the Canadian prairies, after entering with the acquisition of independent retailer DynAgra Corp in 2012. “CHS is grateful to the growers… Read more »

McDonald’s to source chicken raised with ‘improved welfare outcomes’

McDonald’s has announced that they are “elevating [their] global commitment to source chickens raised with improved welfare outcomes”. It’s a topic that has been on the company’s radar for decades, according to Bruce Feinberg, senior director at McDonald’s, responsible for Global Quality Systems for chicken, beef, pork, fish and dairy products. “Shortly after I joined McDonald’s in… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Oct 30: Inoculant options, pricey pickups and mind-blowing yields

Happy Agronomic Monday! Today, on the show: Top Ag News – Kelvin’s Hot Picks; CN Railway and Norfolk Southern working together on a “joint interline service” to help congestion in Chicago; another rough week for Minister of Finance Bill Morneau; former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s criticism of the current government; the impact of trade (or… Read more »

Backtracking on tax changes — what Ottawa’s updates mean for farmers

The dust is starting to settle after Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s flurry of announcements backtracking on the federal government’s proposed small business tax changes. Now that the news conferences are over and we’ve had a few days to analyze the changes to the changes, how will the updates affect farm businesses? First of all, we… Read more »

Livestock disease winging its way north as climate warms

Flying, biting midges (Culicoides spp.) — sometimes called no-see-ums — are a scourge to wildlife. Hunters recognize their effects on deer in particular, which are highly susceptibility to a group of midge-transmitted viruses. But there are growing concerns about their potential effect on livestock, too. Here’s why. A midge swarm will blood-feed on animals, causing… Read more »