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World News: Canada
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...


Canada | 17 December 2014
Dairy firm accused of polluting river

Environment Canada agents don't cry over spilled milk -- they prosecute. The venerable Cochrane's Dairy Ltd. and executive Barry Cochrane are standing trial on five Fisheries Act raps after federal...


Canada | 4 December 2014
Why is the Canadian Wheat Board opposed to a farmer-led bid?

It takes a lot to get farmers out to meetings in the middle of harvest. But that's what happened across the Prairies this fall, when Farmers of North America (FNA) made a last-minute appeal in a bi...


Canada | 2 December 2014
No changes to farmland ownership rules

The Saskatchewan government won't be tightening the rules on who can own farmland anytime soon, despite a study showing the rapid concentration of land in corporate hands. The current system, put i...


Canada | 28 November 2014
Why Canada shouldn't open up its dairy market to New Zealand

New Zealand's high commissioner to Canada, Simon Tucker, was quoted recently as saying that he has been talking to Canadian dairy farmers, "and you do find a lot of them privately will talk that they ...


Canada | 27 November 2014
Ontario's curbs on insecticide may protect bees but diminish crops

The Canadian province of Ontario's move to protect bees by reducing use of an insect-killing pesticide may diminish corn and soybean production, seed companies said on Wednesday. Beekeepers welcome...


Canada | 17 November 2014
10 farmers who broke wheat board monopoly got clemency

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in 2012 that he had used an “ancient power” to clear the criminal records of prairie farmers convicted of illegally trucking their grain across the U.S. bo...


Canada | 7 November 2014
Farmers want majority ownership of CWB

Farmers of North America (FNA) today responded to comments made by CWB in recent media reports. "It's unfortunate that rather than working together with the CWB to build the best farmer-based grain h...


Canada | 6 November 2014
Grizzlies killing livestock prompt rancher to ask for help

An elk rancher near Calgary says he has lost twenty animals to grizzly bears in the past two years. Win Niebler says the province needs to commit more resources to solving the growing problem. N...


Canada | 5 November 2014
Dumping on B.C. farmland called 'rampant' problem

To protect farmland, Donna Passmore has become a detective of sorts. Using social media, Google Earth and Craigslist, the White Rock woman keeps tabs on land where soil and rocks appear to be the m...


Canada | 21 October 2014
Toxic dirt dumped in Ontario’s prime farmland

Toronto’s construction boom is unearthing massive volumes of soil contaminated with dangerous heavy metals and petroleum, but it’s nearly impossible to know where the dirt is going because Ontario doe...


Canada | 14 October 2014
Exports to cut Canada's cattle herd to 22-year low

Canada's cattle herd is to fall below 12m head for the first time in more than 20 years, as record prices, spurred by demand from US feedlots, prompt farmers to take what some see as "the opportunity ...