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Research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the quality of protein in wheat middlings and red dog, two coproducts of the wheat milling process that can be included in diets fed to pigs and other livestock....
The 40th edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show is underway in Regina, and WP reporters are there covering all facets of the show. We’ll update this page constantly with their photos, videos and stories as long as the show is underway. You can also follow all social media using the #CFPS17 hashtag below. Our stories: Mike Raine talks to Rene Carpenter, show chair at #cfps17 Farm Progress celebrates Heritage Day REGINA — It’s the final day of Canada’s Farm Progress Show for 2017 and organizers are...
Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, released the following statement after meeting with government and agri-food business leaders in Springfield, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri:...
Chelsea Kennedy had a solo graduation ceremony...
Two instances of farm animal cruelty have occurred recently...
New Holland has extended its partnership with Curling Canada for another four years, commencing with the upcoming 2017-2018 Season of Champions curling season. In addition, New Holland assumes the exclusive title sponsorship for the Canadian Juniors tournament, renamed the New Holland Canadian Juniors, taking place Jan....
The Human Resources and Training Coordinator with Manitoba Pork says the biggest challenge for pork industry employers is attracting front line workers....
I went out on a few farm calls in the past week, and have noticed a trend. Due to the unusually wet weather this spring, some of the weeds are already producing seed out in the field! This occurs when the field was moist or wet in the spring, and was not tilled or sprayed prior to planting....
Biopesticides are classified into three main categories: biochemical, microbials and plant-incorporated protectants....
Sonny Perdue announced the suspension because of concerns about food safety....
Chicago | Reuters — The United States halted imports of fresh Brazilian beef on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, after a high percentage of shipments failed to pass safety checks. USDA had “recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market,” after increasing tests on Brazilian beef in March, according to a statement. The agency raised scrutiny on Brazilian beef and ready-to-eat products as a precaution following an investigation into corruption invo...
Conditions could be ripe for fusarium head blight across large swathes of Manitoba and Sask­atchewan. Recent rain, high humidity and warm daytime temperatures may have increased the risk of the disease in many fields of winter and spring wheat. It’s also a combination of high levels of inoculums carried over from last year in relation to temperature and relative humidity, say provincial pathologists. “Last year with high levels of fusarium across the province there’s inoculums definitely present in t...
The U.S. spring wheat crop is still in trouble despite recent rainfall. Jim Peterson, marketing director of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, said the rain came too late for much of the crop in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. “You can’t call it a timely rain because a week sooner certainly would have been much more helpful,” he said. The average U.S. spring wheat yield over the past five years is 46.4 bushels per acre. Peterson thinks this year’s crop will be in the mid-30s because of droug...
MONTMARTRE, Sask. — Bryant Gaetz was sure he was going to die. In an instant, the 16-year-old farm boy’s life flashed before his eyes. “I thought I was dying right then,” said Gaetz, recounting a harrowing day three years ago when the grain auger he was pulling with a tractor hit an overhead power line on his family’s mixed farm. With an explosion of sparks and flames, the voltage surge set the auger tires ablaze and the tractor tires exploded. The stubble was on fire by the time the Grade 10 stud...
CARON, Sask. — Vickie and Dennis Derksen feel a strong sense of responsibility toward their bees. Without them, their retirement project wouldn’t be the “cool and wonderful thing” that Vickie says it is. “It’s like having any kind of animal and you want to look after them properly,” she said. Adds Dennis: “We fell in love with our bees.” Those bees are integral to the success of Grandpa’s Garden and another business, Prairie Bee Meadery at Caron, Sask., which the couple runs with daughte...
Canada’s plan to implement a tax on greenhouse gas emissions has caused a fair bit of hand wringing among prairie farmers. However, the financial impact of a carbon tax on the western Canadian agriculture sector could be far smaller than expected, according to agricultural economists at the University of Saskatchewan. That’s because biological emissions, which are those associated with growing crops or raising livestock, will not be taxed under Ottawa’s proposed carbon tax plan. In addition, Ottawa ha...
U.S. to 'do no harm' in NAFTA: LighthizerOTTAWA - Donald Trump's trade czar says U.S. negotiators will take a "do-no-harm" approach to renegotiating NAFTA amid fears that altering the deal could hurt many American agricultural sectors.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer repeated the remarks several times Thursday as he testified before a House of Representatives committee in Washington.He insisted he would enter the upcoming NAFTA talks with the goal of modernizing outdated aspects of the 23-year-ol...
CNS Canada — Canadian farmers in most sectors are strong proponents of data-driven technology, according to a report Wednesday from Statistics Canada. The latest release from StatsCan’s 2016 Census of Agriculture showed farmers were particularly keen to jump into new technology if it improved the efficiency of their operations or their bottom lines. StatsCan spokesperson Erik Dorff said the agency has been going through old census reports dating back to 1871, showing farmers have long been ahead of the ...
Man heads to court after pigs found deadLANGTON, Ont. - A 27-year-old Ontario man is set to appear in court Thursday near London, Ont., to answer to animal cruelty charges after more than 1,000 pigs were found dead on a farm earlier this year.The Ontario SPCA says officers attended a pig farm in Langton, Ont., in February and found dead and dying pigs with no access to food.The animal welfare agency says an estimated 1,265 pigs were dead when officers arrived and an additional 250 had to be euthanized on-si...
Merged PotashCorp-Agrium to be named NutrienSASKATOON - Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) says it will be known by the much shorter name of Nutrien Inc. once it completes a merger with Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) later this year.When the deal was announced last September, it was estimated the combined company would have an enterprise value of US$36 billion by joining PotashCorp's extensive mining operations with Agrium's mining and retail network.The merger still needs regulatory approval but the ...
No deadline for NAFTA talks: U.S. trade czarOTTAWA - President Donald Trump's point person on trade says the administration's top priority is locking down the best deal possible for the U.S. in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiation— and therefore it has no deadline to complete the talks.Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the Senate finance committee Wednesday that while he wants to move as quickly as possible, sealing a "very high-standard" agreement is of far greater importance.Lighthizer said his pu...
Vermont produces its 2nd highest maple syrup cropMONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont had another sweet season, producing nearly 2 million gallons of maple syrup, the second highest amount on record.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of taps in maple trees in Vermont grew this season by 12 per cent for a total of 5.4 million.The USDA says producers were encouraged to tap trees early this season because of the warmer temperatures. The season lasted 46 days on average, compared with 44 days last year.Ver...
Tyson adopting video, welfare checks in poultry operationsPLUMERVILLE, Ark. - Tyson Foods has installed video cameras in key areas of its poultry operations and will test new ways to slaughter birds — not in response to previous "gotcha" moments but under a corporate philosophy that notes its role as a steward for millions of chickens, the company said.The Springdale, Arkansas-based meat producer last month hired its first chief sustainability officer and on Wednesday announced a series of animal well-bei...
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Cattle ranchers sue to return country-of-origin labelingSPOKANE, Wash. - Ranchers on Monday sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seeking to force meat to again be labeled if it's produced in other countries and imported to the United States.The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Spokane, seeks to overturn a March 2016 decision by the Department of Agriculture to revoke regulations requiring imported meat products to be labeled with their country of origin. That change allowed imported meat to be sold as...
2 immigrant farmworkers arrested after Ben & Jerry's marchMONTPELIER, Vt. - More than two dozen protesters on Monday showed support for two immigrant dairy farmers arrested after marching to a Ben & Jerry's factory to call for better pay and living conditions on farms that provide milk to the ice cream maker.Mexican immigrants Yesenia Hernandez-Ramos and Esau Peche-Ventura were arrested Saturday and were being held on immigration charges, the Vermont Department of Corrections said.A U.S. Border Patrol spoke...
Oil standards advance to meet changing engine requirements and for big, modern diesel engines CK-4 and FA-4 are the new numbers...
Food inflation forecast lowered: reportTORONTO - The researchers behind Canada's annual food price report say that while they expect food inflation to be slightly lower this year than previously estimated, shoppers should expect big jumps in the price of meat.The mid-year forecast update by researchers from Dalhousie University in Halifax projects grocery and restaurant food prices will rise between three and four per cent this year, rather than the three to five per cent they anticipated back in December.H...
Scores of farm workers, activists marching on Ben & Jerry'sMONTPELIER, Vt. - Scores of dairy farm workers and activists are marching to the Ben & Jerry's factory in the Vermont town of Waterbury to protest what they say are slow negotiations to reach a deal on the so-called "Milk with Dignity" program.The march began Saturday morning at the Montpelier Statehouse, headed to the company's main factory.Proponents say the program would ensure fair pay and living conditions on farms that provide milk to Ben & Je...
Appeal filed in animal cruelty caseVICTORIA - British Columbia's Prosecution Service has filed an appeal of sentences handed to three dairy farm employees who abused milk cows.The service says the sentences imposed last month should be increased based on what it believes were errors in law and because of the public interest in the case that involved hidden-camera video taken at Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd.It says the alleged errors leading to the B.C. Supreme Court sentences relate to mitigating and aggrava...
Maize genome researchers discover that corn has far more amazing genetic diversity than previously thought — boding well for environmental sustainability....
Plan outlined for handover of community pasturesREGINA - The Saskatchewan government has outlined a three-year plan to transfer the management of community pastures to local producer groups.Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says the groups could include municipalities, environmental agencies or First Nations and will be offered 15-year leases.He says 13 community pastures in the northwest will be handed over next year, another 19 in the northeast and the northwest in 2019 and the remaining 18 pastures by 20...
Fall farm show season nears and we ponder the value of kicking the tires, or screens, for your operation...
Fire severely damages Kamloops, B.C., dairyKAMLOOPS, B.C. - Fire has heavily damaged a dairy operation in Kamloops, British Columbia, that processes milk from farmers across the North Thompson and Shuswap Okanagan.Fire officials say the main production facility at Blackwell Dairy was destroyed in the late-night blaze.Kamloops Fire and Rescue Capt. Jeff Bell says crews were met by towering flames, heavy smoke and small explosions of gas tanks or tires as they arrived at the facility in Barnhartvale on Kamloo...
Abuse allegations spur body cameras for farm workersVANCOUVER - A chicken-catching company at the centre of an animal cruelty investigation in British Columbia says it will require staff to wear body cameras after an animal advocacy group released video of alleged abuse.Dwayne Dueck, president of Elite Services in Chilliwack, says it will be mandatory for one supervisor and two staff members in each barn to wear cameras on their vests, and the video will be reviewed at the end of each day.The announcement c...
Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China approved the import of grain produced from corn containing the Enlist trait....
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U.S. dairy lobby submits NAFTA demandsWASHINGTON - The U.S. dairy industry has submitted its demands for the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA, pushing for freer trade in dairy overall and more specifically for a reversal of new Canadian rules on milk-derived products.These requests came in a letter submitted to the U.S. government this week as it collects input from industry while preparing American negotiating positions for NAFTA talks, scheduled to start in August.The industry demands are an indicator not ...
Workers fired over alleged abuse at chicken farmsVANCOUVER - A company responsible for catching chickens at farms in British Columbia's Fraser Valley says it has fired five employees after an animal rights group released video of alleged abuse.Dwayne Dueck, president of Elite Services based in Chilliwack, says in a statement the company is taking "immediate corrective action" and one of the fired employees was a supervisor."Elite Services understands the importance of ensuring the proper care and handling o...
U.S.-based Winchester Repeating Arms is giving hunters more rifle options to choose from this year, adding a couple of new models to its XPR line. The XPR Hunter Mountain Country Range model gets a polymer stock decked out in the new Mossy Oak Mountain Country Range camo colours. It’s available in several popular calibres from .243 to .338 magnum. Depending on the calibre, barrel lengths range from 22 to 26 inches. Average overall weight is 6¾ to 7¼ pounds, and suggested retail for these rifles is US$59...
Canadian federal law requires that all guns be securely stored away when not in use, and what better way is there to do that and really protect them than put them in a specially designed safe? Browning’s Hell’s Canyon extra wide gun safe is built for exactly that purpose. It features an 11-gauge steel body with “Pry-Stop End,” 1¼-inch diameter chromed locking bolts on three sides of the door to help prevent break-ins. The safe also has “ThermaBlock” fire insulation, which provides 1,680 F, 90-m...
Annual Farm Aid benefit concert returning to PennsylvaniaBURGETTSTOWN, Pa. - The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming back to Pennsylvania for just the third time since it began in 1985.It will be held Sept. 16 at KeyBank Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheatre in Burgettstown about 25 miles (40 kilometres) west of Pittsburgh. The festival was first held in Pennsylvania at the same venue in 2002, though it operated under a different name at that time. It also was held in Hershey in 2012.Performers this year ...
B.C. SPCA investigating alleged chicken abuseVANCOUVER - Animal advocates say they have opened an investigation into "absolutely sickening" alleged animal abuse by a chicken-catching service in Chilliwack, B.C.B.C. SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty says the agency has launched a formal investigation after receiving undercover video that allegedly shows multiple workers throwing, hitting, dismembering and killing the birds, and forcing the animals into violent sexual acts with each other.She says the workers ...
Max Armstrong talks about crime and economy. (audio)...
Want to install an additional driving light on your new truck, or maybe a bunch of them? How about an electric winch? If you like to boost a truck’s abilities by adding electrical aftermarket accessories, then Ford’s Upfitter switch package is something you may want to consider adding to the options list if a new Raptor or Super Duty truck is in your future. The Upfitter switch group adds $150 to the window sticker total, but it may be well worth price. The option puts six auxiliary switches into the ro...
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Citing “a period of pronounced decline” in its farm machinery business, Quebec farm co-operative La Coop federee plans to get out of parts distribution by next fall. The co-operative announced May 30 it plans to “gradually” close its Dispro farm equipment and parts distribution centre at Trois-Rivieres over a 12- to 15-month period from September this year through to next fall and lay off its 26 employees. “The farm machinery market has, over the last few years, entered a period of pronounced decl...
Flooding and rail bed washouts on sections of northern Manitoba’s Hudson Bay Railway have led the line’s owner to suspend its operations indefinitely. The closure of the portion of the line running from Amery, Man., about 50 km northeast of Gillam, north to Hudson Bay at Churchill, all but ensures no Prairie grain, other than what’s already stored at port, will sail out of Hudson Bay this year. Moreover, with the track out of service — as it has been since flooding shut the line on May 23 — northe...
Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s federal police on Friday raided the offices of JBS SA to investigate the alleged use of insider information in financial market dealings, pushing shares in the embattled meatpacker to a two-week low. Police said there were indications that JBS and controlling shareholder FB Participacoes SA gained an unfair advantage in trading stocks, currency futures and forwards in April and May. “There is evidence these dealings occurred with the use of privileged information, genera...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures firmed on Friday as forecasts for scorching temperatures in the Midwest crop belt through early next week prompted funds to cover short positions, analysts said. Chicago Board of Trade winter wheat futures fell on profit-taking but still posted a weekly advance of 3.8 per cent, triggered by worries about the U.S. spring wheat crop. At the CBOT, July corn settled up two cents at $3.87-3/4 per bushel (all figures US$). July soybeans ended up 3-1/2 cents at $...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts were weakened Friday by profit-taking and investor caution as they await the bulk of this week’s cash cattle sales, said traders. Futures discounts to initial cash prices limited market losses, they said. June closed down 0.125 cent/lb. to 131.25 cents, and August down 0.175 cent at 123.85 cents (all figures US$). Nebraska’s market-ready, or cash, cattle on Friday sold lightly at $136-$136.50, steady to $1.50 lower than a week ago t...
CNS Canada — Spring wheat futures in Minneapolis climbed to their highest levels in nearly two years during the week ended Friday, as weather concerns in major U.S. wheat-growing states provided support. The nearby July contract on Thursday hit a session high of US$6.1775 per bushel, the strongest level for the front-month spring wheat contract since July 2015. The contract was off that high by Friday’s close, but still strong at US$6.065 per bushel. The U.S. Drought Monitor is showing ‘abnormally dry...
New England's largest commercial greenhouse changing handsMADISON, Maine - A Canadian produce company has purchased tomato grower Backyard Farms, the largest commercial grower of year-round tomatoes in New England.Mastronardi Produce Ltd., of Kingsville, Ontario, announced the acquisition of the Madison, Maine, company on Friday. Terms were not disclosed.Mastronardi said greenhouse operations at Backyard Farms will continue uninterrupted. Founded 10 years ago, Backyard Farms operates two greenhouses totalli...
DES MOINES, Iowa — Negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as August, and many people in the ag industry are hoping a new deal gets done quickly. However, the past-president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said pushing ahead with NAFTA re-negotiations is unwise because other policy issues should be dealt with first. John Weber said U.S. immigration is at the top of that list, and if it isn’t resolved first, it might be difficult to negotiate with M...
Thousands of hogs dead after barns burnNEW BOTHWELL, Man. - An estimated 4,000 pigs have been killed in a massive fire in southeastern Manitoba.Firefighters from four communities responded when the blaze broke out Thursday evening at a big hog operation, about four kilometres southwest of New Bothwell.Paul Wiebe, fire chief for the Rural Municipality of Hanover, says two feeder barns were destroyed.Wiebe says the barns had been unattended since around 4:00 p.m. and the fire could have started well before th...
Note: Check out our Tech@Work video report at the end of this story. There's nothing quite like the rush of planting. Knowing what field one planter is working while another is at work somewhere else. Tracking where a third tractor may be finalizing seedbed prep, and making sure the tending team is keeping up with all of the action. All in a day's work. But for the Kilmer family, who farms near Dwight, Ill., the 2017 planting season came with a new wrinkle - full implementation of AutoTrac for tractors - i...
Some types of Iogo yogurt products, distributed in all provinces except the Maritimes, are being recalled because they may contain pieces of plastic. Raspberry, vanilla and banana drinkable yogurt and mango, strawberry-raspberry and strawberry protein based drinks are all being voluntarily recalled by Ultima Foods. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the recall June 8 and in a news release the agency said it is conducting a food safety investigation. It also said that no injuries have been reporte...
Media are invited to a tour and event hosted by SaskCanola and Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) Friday, June 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at PAMI Head Office located at 2215 – 8th Avenue (Highway 5 West), Humboldt, SK....
Earlier this week, we heard from Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, about some of the issues around herbicide resistance....
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is once again partnering with industry to host a Crop Diagnostic School....