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World News: Canada
Canada | 23 June 2015
Save Ontario farmers, save farmland in the process

Rapidly rising populations, sprawling cities, shrinking farmland, and the feared effects of climate change prompted the Ontario government to create its Greenbelt around Toronto 10 years ago, with the...


Canada | 17 June 2015
Alberta farmers brace for hot, dry summer

A forecast of hot, dry weather for the upcoming months has many Alberta farmers worried about crop production. “Above-normal temperatures” are likely until the end of August in southern and central...


Canada | 17 June 2015
Canada stock exchange operator TMX turns to cattle sales

TMX Group Ltd, operator of Canada's main stock exchange, hopes to rope a piece of the $90 billion North America cattle sector, and said on Tuesday that it would offer the continent's first online sale...


Canada | 16 June 2015
Dairy welfare under scrutiny

It's been one year since animal cruelty allegations were raised on one of Canada's biggest dairy farms, and this week global dairy giant Saputo has reacted with new animal welfare guidelines. Foota...


Canada | 15 June 2015
Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute shutdown stuns workers

The only dairy research farm in the Maritimes abruptly shut down earlier this week and left almost a dozen farmhands without work. The Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute (ADFI), a private 60 hecta...


Canada | 10 June 2015
Frost damage has canola farmers scrambling to reseed

Canola farmers across Western Canada are scrambling to reseed fields damaged by frost. An early estimate suggests that 10 per cent of seeded fields are getting a do-over. Ken Bartsch, director of m...


Canada | 8 June 2015
Drought fears rise in Canada's cattle country

Gray clouds gather near Greg Bowie’s Alberta ranch, but not a raindrop in sight. Bowie’s 350-acre pasture is so thirsty that it hasn’t grown enough to feed his 100 cattle. He spent C$3,600 ($2,892)...


Canada | 3 June 2015
Pulse crops from Sask. gaining popularity in developing nations

After several slow years for demand, Saskatchewan's pulse crops — lentils, beans and dried peas — is gaining steam in popularity. Sales have increased for the crops steadily this year, as exports ...


Canada | 3 June 2015
Winnipeg looks to keep farmland within city limits

The city is looking for ways to keep more farmland within the city limits, and also to find ways to make sure more food is being produced right in the city. Currently 29 per cent of land in Winnipe...


Canada | 29 May 2015
Frost, dry weather hurts crops, worries local farmers

Frost and potential record lows in rainfall in and around Waterloo Region in May has some local farmers worried. As of Thursday, only 6.6 millimetres of rain had fallen in the region in the month o...


Canada | 25 May 2015
Beef label policy could be repealed

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled an American “country of origin” meat labelling policy as unlawful—and the U.S is already making strides towards removing the requirement. In a congressi...


Canada | 22 May 2015
Agriculture minister hopes U.S. will repeal meat label requirements

Canada’s agriculture minister reiterated his position on U.S. meat label requirements Thursday, after the World Trade Organization ruled they violate trade obligations. Gerry Ritz made the comments...


Canada | 21 May 2015
Good things are growing in Ontario's greenbelt

More than half the planet's people now live in urban areas. The need to supply food, shelter, fresh water and energy to billions of urban residents is resulting in loss of farmland, forests, wetlands ...


Canada | 11 May 2015
Selling farmland is about more than speculation

Land is a precious asset for any country, just like gold. And we can’t produce more of it. As farmland prices rise, some Canadian provinces are feeling compelled to take action. According to Farm C...


Canada | 7 May 2015
Canada farmland boom cools

Eight years after almost doubling their money by selling a 320-acre chunk of their Saskatchewan farm, Mervin and Doreen McElree are having a more difficult time unloading the remaining 160 acres to fi...


Canada | 7 May 2015
Geese cull proposed in Central Saanich over destroyed crops

A geese cull is being proposed in the District of Central Saanich in B.C. as farmers become more and more aggravated by birds feasting on their crops. Long-time farmer Bryce Rashleigh says many cro...


Canada | 23 April 2015
Saskatchewan’s farmland ownership rules are too restrictive

It’s good news that the Saskatchewan government is getting cold feet about its notion of imposing new, additional restrictions on farmland ownership in the province, having put on hold any new purchas...


Canada | 14 April 2015
Canada land market slows, and 'may cool further'

Canada's farmland market may in for a further slowdown after price fell in 2014 for the first time in four years, led by a decrease in the pace of appreciation in the main Prairies crop-producing stat...


Canada | 25 March 2015
N.S. agriculture structures suffer $3M in winter storm damage

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture says heavy snow fall this year has hit farmers hard. In a news release Tuesday the advocacy group estimated the damage caused to agricultural structures from s...


Canada | 25 March 2015
Canada should open dairy industry to free trade

The head of Australia’s dairy lobby has some advice for Canadian farmers: Embrace free trade, and thrive. Canada is missing out on a vast and growing global market for dairy products because it shi...


Canada | 20 March 2015
Where in the world are the GMOs?

The growth of genetically engineered food crops has been strong in a handful of nations, but may be slowing as the technology bumps up against unreceptive governments, especially in Africa and Europe,...


Canada | 10 March 2015
Canadian cattle herd at smallest level in 22 years

The Canadian cattle herd continues to shrink, but the number of hogs has grown in the past year. Statistics Canada says this country's farmers had 11.9 million cattle on their farms on Jan. 1.


Canada | 27 February 2015
Crop prices tied to petroleum and that’s not good for farmers

Producers in the FarmTech conference room looked crestfallen after David Jackson told them the global oilseed market is tied to petroleum — and that oil prices will remain low for a long time. “A l...


Canada | 20 February 2015
Snowstorm forces dairy farmers to dump milk

A recent snowstorm ended up costing some New Brunswick dairy farmers milk and money. Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick president Steve Michaud says four farms in the Moncton region had to dump some of...


Canada | 17 February 2015
Mad cow strikes again in Canada

On February 11, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in one beef cow in Alberta, Canada. BSE – more commonly known as mad cow disease – is a ...


Canada | 11 February 2015
Cormack farmer chosen president of provincial agriculture federation

Cormack dairy and vegetable farmer Melvin Rideout has been elected as president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture’s president. The election took place at the federation’s r...


Canada | 28 January 2015
Beef, cattle prices bounce back to record highs

After a decade of beef prices in the mud, profitability is returning to ranches, farms and feedlots across the country. Cattle and beef prices are at all-time highs in Canada as herd numbers dwindl...


Canada | 27 January 2015
Saskatchewan eyes tougher rules for buying farmland

Saskatchewan is likely to tighten what are already some of North America's strictest rules for purchasing farmland as the Western Canadian province looks to fend off big money managers hungry for what...


Canada | 26 January 2015
Ontario waste blamed for tainted Ohio drinking water

America’s slime, Canada’s dirty little secret. Until now, that is. Toxic algae that's made life miserable along Lake Erie's Ohio shore, forcing the shutdown of Toledo's water intake last summer, ha...


Canada | 15 January 2015
Beef prices not likely to drop any time soon

Increased beef prices at Maritime grocery stores are part of a larger, country-wide spike that’s not likely to change any time soon, but is good news for beef producers. Victor Oulton is one of mor...