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World News: Canada
Canada | 30 July 2015
Is Canada ready for the dairy wars?

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser might be forgiven for having been a tad testy toward Canada when he arrived in Hawaii this week for negotiations on a vast new Asia-Pacific trade pact. The “Saudi...


Canada | 28 July 2015
Why Canadian dairy farmers are worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

At Quebec’s largest agricultural fair, dairy farmer Andrew Shufelt is trimming and brushing the coat of an Ayrshire named Princess to get her ready for a cattle judging competition. “We’re selectin...


Canada | 28 July 2015
Canadian dairy farmers head to Maui in last ditch effort against TPP

For Canadian dairy farmers such as Jayne MacDonald of Newtown Cross, PEI, the far-reaching Pacific Rim trade talks entering the final stretch in Hawaii this week are a giant question mark hanging over...


Canada | 24 July 2015
Drone project aimed at helping farmers cheaply monitor crops

Drones are used for everything from shooting movies to delivering pizzas, and now, a summer research team out of Carleton University may have found a way to help farmers cheaply monitor their crops. ...


Canada | 23 July 2015
US threatens Canada over cheese and milk

Members of the United States Congress are threatening that if Canada doesn't axe its 45 year-old collectivist regime for milk and cheese, then it may be blocked from the expansive Trans-Pacific Partne...


Canada | 20 July 2015
Recent rainfall helping thirsty Saskatchewan crops

Parched crops across the province have finally found some relief. According to the most recent provincial crop report, precipitation in some areas has helped alleviate moisture-stress issues. But f...


Canada | 13 July 2015
Now it’s the price of beef that’s gone over the moon

Soaring beef prices continue to take the sizzle out of backyard barbecuing. And there appears to be no end in sight to the skyrocketing cost of beef. At restaurants, the grocery store and the bu...


Canada | 8 July 2015
Solar farm or subpar farm land? City has a dilemma over proposed project

Lily Usik says she can't see a downside to the plan to blanket part of north Flamborough with 60,000 solar panels as part of a Samsung solar farm. The 79-year-old woman owns a 40-hectare (100-acre)...


Canada | 8 July 2015
How drought is hurting Sask. cattle producers

You may already be groaning about the price of beef in the meat aisle, but long before the cost goes up in stores, cattle producers are taking a hit. “A drought like this is going to cost producers...


Canada | 1 July 2015
Canadian potato farmers on the hunt for saboteurs

A picturesque corner of rural Canada best known as the idyllic home of Anne of Green Gables is now fighting for its economic life against a mysterious outbreak of alleged “food terrorism”. The pros...


Canada | 30 June 2015
Ontario grain farmers seek legal stay on ‘unworkable’ neonics cap

The Grain Farmers of Ontario has gone to court to delay the implementation of restrictions on the use of pesticides some blame for the decline in populations of bees and other pollinators. The grou...


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...